No announcement yet.

carving purple heart

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • carving purple heart

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

  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      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.


      Unconfigured Ad Widget


      Latest Topics


      • meflick
        Reply to Bruce doing great
        by meflick
        Glad to hear all is going well for Bruce. No hiding the meds. 😉
        Today, 11:04 AM
      • B'ville Scroller
        Reply to Looking for Feedback ...
        by B'ville Scroller
        Well ... I am SO glad we tempered our enthusiasm. Show is cancelled. Apparently, things did not go as planned. Maybe next year.
        Yesterday, 10:30 PM
      • RJweb
        Reply to Bruce doing great
        by RJweb
        Glad to hear that, now be a good nurse, lol, RJ
        Yesterday, 07:49 PM
      • will8989
        Bruce doing great
        by will8989
        Got to hospital at 5 and office didn’t open until 5:30. Could have slept to 4 instead of 3. Right knee replacement. Surgery was at 7, he was awake and up by 10:30, pt and out the door by 12. Not much to do today except take meds, and walk 10 minutes an hour. His knee has to bend back to 120 deg. Due...
        Yesterday, 04:31 PM
      • Sandy Oaks
        Teach - Learn
        by Sandy Oaks
        A modified Sue Mey pattern to fit 1" x 4" x 10" Hard Maple. Cut on the Pegas scroll saw using a Pegas #5 MGT blade. One side says "TEACH". Flip it over and the other side says "LEARN". After sanding, dipped in diluted Shellac, sanded again and another dipping. Comments...
        You do not have permission to view this gallery.
        This gallery has 2 photos.
        Yesterday, 12:13 PM