Wood Library - Swiss pear

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-20-2008 03:34 AM 2576 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Swiss Pear – Pyrus communis

This is another wood loved by model makers. It’s grain is straight to sometimes wavy.
The wood has been steamed to produce an even pink color with little to no figure.

The wood is remarkable for its extraordinary smoothness and evenness of texture.

It is excellent for carving, turning or milling. It can be cut with a sharp edge in any direction.

Finishes to a polished surface. Pearwood can also be stained black to resemble Ebony.
Flexible and suited to bending. Like Boxwood it will shatter when broken and will not splinter.

It’s usually sold in slabs with a wild edge and even some bark. At least the two slabs I bought did.

It has a Janka hardness of about 1000.

All in all it’s a great wood and I wish it were not so expensive (about $16/bf), then I would use it a lot more.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 12:25 PM

thanks for the info Gary and wow in the world of wood you’ve really gotten around. It must just be that living in the city you only really see Pine, composite, and Particleboard. thanks for the post because its great to learn more about all these different woods!

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