Jerry, the secret is to avoid UV light from the sun or fluorescent lighting and use a UV inhibiting finish. Even so purpleheart will fade with time to a milk chocolate color, similar to the way cherry darkens with age. You can freshen the color a bit by sanding off the outer layer but it is a losing battle. For those who have not worked with purpleheart it is comparable to walnut for ease of machining at a fraction of the price. It is an excellent choice for projects and the low cost sure helps. If you buy purpleheart you can sit it in the sun to rapidly reduce the bright purple color to a subdued purplish tint.
Purpleheart, yellowheart and redheart are all excellent choices for turning.
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Last edited by Mike; 06-05-2011 at 09:18 AM.