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Forum topic by Bohemeian posted 12-07-2017 02:20 PM 533 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2017 02:20 PM

Just had a rather curious experience on the lathe. I was making a bud vase/champagne flute out of padauk. By the time I got to sanding, my padauk had turned from a purple color to a light brown. Anybody else had an experience like this? It’s a nice little flute, but it’s nowhere near the color I started with. Not purple, not even dark red. The color is best described as tan. Other pieces of padauk I’ve worked never changed color. What the heck?

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#1 posted 12-07-2017 02:26 PM

What wood are you actually using. Padauk is orange and stays orange while working with it. It will brown out over time.
Purpleheart is purple and will turn brown while working it, let it set for a few days and it will come back to a deep purple. it will also brown out slowly once finished.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 12-07-2017 03:39 PM

Sounds more like purple heart according to what you said. It does seem to be getting darker. This was a leftover piece from a segmented bowl I made for a Christmas gift. Possibly I’m just confused. When I used it before I only used small segments, so maybe I didn’t notice the color change as much. I only made the flute to try to get better at my small piece hollowing skills. I’m happy with how it came out, whatever the color. Thanks for responding.

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#3 posted 12-07-2017 05:42 PM



yup, purpleheart can turn brownish while machining. really bummed me out first time working with it. until the next day.

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