Purpleheart can be a great lumber option to purchase turning squares in as it is highly resistant to rot and decay. The color of the lumber tends to be a dull grey-brown until cut and exposed to oxygen. It then becomes a bright and colorful purple. Purpleheart is known to clog tools that are used on it during turning. Purpleheart turning blanks are a great option for cutting boards, instruments, furniture, flooring & more.