Bradford Pear shelf

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Project by chrisirving posted 03-28-2017 04:55 PM 1472 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a small shelf for my son out of some old Bradford Pear. The wood has a little history: ten years ago when my son was 16 he did a lot of wood turning and collected wood where ever he could. Apparently he found some Pear wood somewhere and, as luck would have, totaled our minivan on the way home from work when he hit some ice and took out a brick mailbox and planter…scattering the Bradford Pear all over somebody’s front yard. I found the wood this weekend in our shed and built a little shelf for his bathroom out of his long lost wood

I told him I was cleaning the shed out and was sending that old wood back to him

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#1 posted 03-29-2017 09:36 AM

really like the live edge shelf. keep up the good work!

-- frankie v

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#2 posted 03-29-2017 12:35 PM

It’s very cool. He’ll appreciate your work, for sure.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 03-29-2017 01:09 PM

It’s a very creative rustic piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-29-2017 04:06 PM

Pretty cool shelf! I love pear wood. He was lucky to have found some nice boards of pear. Not so lucky after that, apparently.

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#5 posted 04-01-2017 09:57 PM

Great work and great use for that wood. Bradford pears are generally reviled. My dad recently had to take 2 of them down from his yard and I salvaged some. We’ve mostly been using it as firewood but I’ve taken a few select pieces for small projects like knife scales. I think it would be great for turning. It can have some beautiful figure.

-- We are all just one moment of arrogance away from disaster

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