Bamboo & Purpleheart Yarn Spinner
Purpleheart is a brilliantly colored hardwood from South America, Purpleheart is very popular for its deep purple color. Ideal for inlay, marquetry, and other fine articles. Occasionally the trees produce either fiddleback or a ropey mottled curl from interlocked grain. The color is a pale brown when freshly cut, darkening to deep violet purple with UV exposure in a few days. The wood has coarse open grain and is dense and durable, so much that it can be used for wharf pilings and truck floors.
The fastest growing “tree” on earth, bamboo is actually a grass with wood characteristics. Grows in shoots up to 90 feet tall, but just a few inches in diameter. Harvesting bamboo does not require replanting. Regeneration occurs from the existing root structure which helps prevent soil erosion.
Since the shoots are only a few inches in diameter, bamboo is cut and laminated into solid boards or sheets. The wood is approximately as hard or harder than red oak.
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