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    Have any of you ever carved purple heart. I've heard it is highly toxic and very hard to carve with hand tools.

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    Re: carving purple heart

    Hi firewalker...I made a couple of game boards out of purple heart. Didn't try carving it but it was one of the hardest woods I've ever worked with. I understand at one time it was used for ship masts so that gives you some idea of its strength.
    I don't have a reference but maybe some of the other members could suggest a site to check the level of toxicity. I made sure to take the usual precautions to avoid breathing the dust, e.g. face mask.

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      Re: carving purple heart

      I'm right there with Bandaid - have made a couple projects out of it but never carved it. Was thinking about it until after the first project was done. Hard stuff, right up there with osage orange, maybe harder.

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