Turning

Subject:
preventing color change
Response To:
Box Elder fade test *PIC* ()

John K Jordan
This article on the Wood Database might be interesting:
https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/preventing-color-changes-in-exotic-woods/

Although it addresses exotics, it also applies to box elder. In general, give up. If you want color, use dye.

That said, I have a dwindling supply of enchanted Purple Heart. Unlike most, it is purple when cut into and stays purple. The wood had been stored for decades inside but still with plenty of light and the outside surfaces were purple. I made some things from it that are still a rich purple after about four years. I was told it is a variety from Mexico. I'd like to find some more.

Perhaps there is a magic variety of box elder out there somewhere.

JKJ

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