Purpleheart Color Question
I've picked up some purpleheart for making boxes. After letting it set in my shop for a couple of weeks to acclimitize, tonight I cut off a piece and jointed / planed it to better see the grain. As you can see from the pictures (unplaned and planed) the wood, while still purple, has lost much of its coloring.
What if anything can I do to encourage the purple to come back out? Will exposure to air or light affect it or did that need to happen before it was dried?
I picked it up because I thought it would make a nice contrast with maple, padauk or lacewood.
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