I just had my first experience carving purpleheart. This is a recess for phosphorescent epoxy, so the bottom will not be visible. Considering my first impression of purpleheart was mostly informed by nasty splinters, It's pretty nice to work with. It has a nice even texture and carves predictably. I was amazed at the damage it did to my chisels and gouges in about an hour though. I think I spent more time grinding & sharpening 8 tools than I did carving.