Uses: Widely used for fancy turnery and excellent for carving. Also for brushbacks, umbrella handles, measuring instruments such as set squares and T–squares. In Europe it is used for recorders, and when dyed black, for violin and guitar fingerboards and piano keys. Selected logs of suitable diameter and clean bole are sliced for decorative veneering, the quartered surfaces often displaying a large mottled figure.
General Description: Pear's heartwood is pinkish-brown in colour with very fine rays and pores, straight grained and a very fine and even texture. Weight about 700 kg/m³ (44 lb/ft³); specific gravity .70.
Because pear is only available in fairly small sizes its strength is relatively unimportant for the uses to which it is applied. It is a fairly tough, very stable timber, but not used for steam bending purpose.
The timber dries slowly with a marked tendency to warp and distort. It is best to kiln dry the wood for best results. There is very small movement in service.
The heartwood is non-durable and liable to insect attack, but the wood is permeable for preservative treatment.
Family Name: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Pyrus communis
Distribution: Europe, including the UK, and Western Asia.
Also known as: Wild pear, choke pear (UK).
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