Amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranth (peltogyne paniculata)

Amaranth wood, also known as purpleheart due to its vibrant purple color when freshly cut (which turns to a deep brownish-purple with exposure to air and sunlight), is a type of hardwood native to Central and South America, particularly from regions like Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname. Here are some characteristics and uses of amaranth wood:

  1. Appearance: As mentioned, the wood starts off with a striking purple hue when freshly cut, but over time and upon exposure to light, it tends to darken to a deeper purplish-brown or even a more muted brown.
  2. Density and Durability: Amaranth is a very dense and hard wood, making it quite durable. Its hardness can make it a bit challenging to work with using hand tools, but it’s prized for its strength and durability.
  3. Applications: Due to its durability and striking appearance, amaranth wood is often used in a variety of applications, including:
    – Furniture: commonly used in high-quality furniture, especially for pieces that require durability and a unique aesthetic.
    – Musical Instruments: density and tonal qualities make it suitable for certain musical instruments like guitars and other stringed instruments.
    – Turned Objects: vibrant color and durability make it a popular choice for turned objects like bowls, pens, and decorative items.
    – Flooring and Decking: While less common than other woods, its durability means it can be used for flooring or decking in some applications.
  4. Sustainability Concerns: As with many exotic woods, there can be sustainability concerns related to the harvesting of amaranth. It’s essential to source amaranth wood responsibly to ensure that it’s harvested sustainably and doesn’t contribute to deforestation or other environmental issues.
  5. Workability: While amaranth is hard and dense, making it challenging to work with hand tools, it can be machined and finished well with the right tools and techniques. It has a fine texture and can take a smooth finish, which enhances its aesthetic appeal.

These boxes are made with Amaranth & other woods