Purple heart
#8
New to turning Purple Heart. I cut some pen planks at 45* for grain pattern. Results are awesome but it's like turning a rock. 
Crazy I have read about heating it to restore the color but never tried it. When heated will it cover the grain pattern? My supply is limited so I can't test it. Any input will be appreciated.
Roger


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#9
Roger , maybe not any input of help to you but about 7 years ago I quit making Deer Calls for Hunters as EBay flooded the market. One I made from Purple Heart and couldn’t get any bites on an interested buyer .
Never was quite fond of the looks and I either still have it tucked away or was one I gave out for young folks to use .
Overall I’m saying I wasn’t impressed at the least with Purple Heart but like my 90 year old Dad says “ to each their own “ . Enjoy your turning
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#10
That's kind of why i was asking. Not at all impressed with the look.Only have the one piece to work with. Using it to decode if i want to pick up more. So far not looking good.
Roger


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#11
It’s also rather splintery and chippy.
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#12
You could just expose it to sunlight or florescent light for a couple days to restore the purple color.
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Allan Hill
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#13
If anyone is interested heat does bring the color back. That being said, I'm still not impressed. Looks ok on a cutting board but not on a pen turning. I finished it to the standard 7 coats of CA and polished that i usually finish with just to be fair.
Roger


Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of Jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your rear tomorrow.

9-11 Never forget
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(08-20-2022, 10:54 AM)firefighter Wrote: If anyone is interested heat does bring the color back. That being said, I'm still not impressed. Looks ok on a cutting board but not on a pen turning. I finished it to the standard 7 coats of CA and polished that i usually finish with just to be fair.

that's pretty wild and something i hadn't heard of before.  i think anytime i've used purpleheart, it was always with something else.  but, on it's own, i kinda agree i'm not a massive fan.  although, the endgrain can look kinda cool.  made a pipe with mostly purpleheart, but some holly accents  --  pretty happy with how that turned out.
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