This is a large bowl made of Purple Heart (Peltogyne).

This is one of the hardest woods in the world. Its very difficult to work (this broke a roughing gouge clean in half). The colour of the wood is light brown when cut and it turns shades of purple once the fresh wood is exposed to light or heat.

This was turned in one cut from outside through to inside (rather than remounting it on the lathe to cut the inner and outer parts. After turning the shape I heated the outside of the bowl with a blow torch to darken the wood. The heat produces a natural protection in the wood and it polishes without the aid of shellac etc. The inside of the bowl was left to change colour slightly then sealed with friction polish.

Dimensions: 9 1/2 Inches x 3 1/2 inches.