Purple Heart or Amaranth is native to tropical regions of Central and South America where it grows in the tropical rain forests of Brazil, Guyana and Suriname. It has the unique characteristic of being UV sensitive. When it is freshly cut or sanded the surface is brown but after exposure to sunlight it turns a wonderful shade of purple.
|This is Purple Heart after it is shaped but before exposure to sunlight.|
|The same Purple Heart rib after only two days of exposure to sunlight.|
|Close up of the curls in this piece. No stains or dyes!|