This is a particularly attractive timber but
can prove extremely wasteful in conversion.
Other names: Wild Pear, Choke Pear (UK).
Distribution: Europe, including the UK, and Western Asia.
General Description: The heartwood is
pinkish-brown to mellow pink in colour after steaming with very fine rays
and pores, straight grained and very fine and even texture. Weight about
700kg/m3 (44 lb/ft3); specific gravity 0.70.
Mechanical Properties: Pear is only available in fairly small sizes
and therefore its strength is relatively unimportant for the uses to which
it is applied. It is a fairly tough, stable wood, but not used for steam
Working Properties: It is a hard wood to saw with a moderate
blunting effect on cutting edges. It is an excellent turnery wood. Nailing
and screw holding is good, it glues well, and is particularly good for
staining and polishing to a high finish. It is often dyed black to
Durability: The heartwood is non-durable and liable to insect
attack, but the wood is permeable for preservative treatment.
Uses: Widely used for fancy turnery and excellent for carving. Also
for brush backs, 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. In recent years
it has become popular in high quality shop fittings and joinery work.