I love the look and feel of Purpleheart wood, but it is extremely difficult to work with. It chips, it fights, it dulls tools, heats up quickly under sandpaper and dulls it very quickly also. If you put just the slightest of too much oil it dries to a lump that has to be sanded off aggressively.
But, the results are absolutely beautiful. The bright purple color is the natural color of the wood. No stains or dyes. However, it does darken with age, especially if left in the sunlight.
It is very hard to work with, temperamental, but I love the results.
Length: 11 2/8"
Width: 1 1/8"
Weight: 3 ounces