Central and South America purpleheart (peltogyne). Medium to hard wood with tight, fairly straight grain with moderate to coarse texture. Bright purple when cut, darkens to brownish purple with exposure. Purpleheart is a very strong wood, machines well with sharp tools. Turns and finishes well. Uses for purpleheart include: boat-building, flooring, furniture, heavy construction, and a variety of specialty wood items. Pens, knife scales, bottle stoppers. Stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. 100% clear and sanded on both sides. Dimensions are +- 1/8" grain runs with the longest dimension.Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ¼" of size listed.Plywood. Sizes are nominal. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.Purple colorHardwood with fairly straight grainMachines well with sharp toolsFinishes wellPurpleheart, 1/2" x 3" x 24"