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Botanical Name

Pyrus communis

Other Names

Pear

Main Color Group

Pink

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Easy

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

43

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

690

Janka Hardness - LBF

1660

Janka Hardness - Newtons

7380

Historically, an important domestic hardwood throughout Europe, Swiss Pear is known for its fine, straight grains and smooth, consistent texture, as well as its pink coloration (which naturally ranges from pale to light to medium). Once cut, the wood’s hues intensify as it oxidizes. Swiss Pear is commonly steamed, to provide a more smooth, consistent pink color, and to relieve stress within the wood, so it dries flat.

Its easy, cooperative working properties combined with its consistent texture and color make it loved by craftsmen, carvers and turners, alike. It is highly regarded all over Europe, and considered by many to be the region’s finest hardwood, boasting properties similar to rosewood.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Veneer, architectural millwork, marquetry, furniture, cabinetry, inlay, carving, musical instruments (flutes, violins), and turned objects.

Comments: The wood is considered a premium hardwood in Europe, and one of economic importance. Its steady demand there equates to very little of it making it to the US. (Species of the Pyrus Communis tree have been transplanted all over the United States, primarily for its fruit production — the “Bartlett Pear.”) European furniture and cabinet makers utilize it in much the same way as American craftsman do Black Cherry.

Pear is decidedly non-durable; all of its applications are thus confined to interior. The wood has a tendency to dull cutters, so sharp blades are recommended for resawing.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Pear - Swiss
$59.4747 x 10.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1029
Out of stock

Max width 11.25″, min 10″. Live edges. One end check. Large knot on one face. Extensive black marking and knot on other face

59.47
Pear - Swiss
$63.9050.5 x 10.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1030
Out of stock

Live edges. One end crack with small area of heartwood. Remainder of board clear.

63.9
Pear - Swiss
$55.4446 x 10 x 0.8 inPEARSW1028

Live edges. Crack at one end. Mulitple knots

55.44
Pear - Swiss
$57.9647.5 x 9 x 0.8 inPEARSW1027
Out of stock

Live edges. Clear board apart from small amount of blue color on one edge

57.96
Pear - Swiss
$59.1646.75 x 10.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1026
Out of stock

Max width 11″, min 10″. Live edges. Crack which is longer on one face than other. Several small knots

59.16
Pear - Swiss
$58.6346.75 x 9.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1025
Out of stock

Live edges. Small cracks from one edge. Couple small dark marks but otherwise clear

58.63
Pear - Swiss
$61.9846.75 x 11 x 0.8 inPEARSW1024

Live edges. Heartwood. Knots both faces. One end check.

61.98
Pear - Swiss
$50.1746.25 x 9 x 0.8 inPEARSW1023

Live edges. One large knot right through board. Another knot on one face.

50.17
Pear - Swiss
$39.7645.5 x 7.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1022
Out of stock

Live edge. Several knots on one face. Other face clear.

39.76
Pear - Swiss
$56.9445 x 10.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1021
Out of stock

Live edges. One end check. Heartwood on one face with couple of knots. Small knot on other face.

56.94
Pear - Swiss
$49.3552 x 7 x 0.8 inPEARSW1020
Out of stock

Max width 7.5″. Min width 5.5″. Live edges but otherwise clear.

49.35
Pear - Swiss
$43.2251 x 6.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1019
Out of stock

Max width 7.5″, min 5.25″. Live edges but otherwise clear.

43.22
Pear - Swiss
$64.7945.75 x 11.75 x 0.8 inPEARSW1018

Live edges. Heartwood with many knots and some cracks.

64.79
Pear - Swiss
$53.0046.75 x 10.75 x 0.8 inPEARSW1017

Live edges. Extensive crack. Heartwood. Several knots.

53
Pear - Swiss
$49.0446.5 x 10 x 0.8 inPEARSW1016

Live edges with crack on one edge. Extensive crack from one end. Knots.

49.04
Pear - Swiss
$48.0948 x 9.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1015

Live edges. Heartwood more visible one face. Long split to half way along board.

48.09
Pear - Swiss
$43.0251 x 7 x 0.8 inPEARSW1014

Live edges. Prominent heartwood with knots in heart.

43.02
Pear - Swiss
$65.3247 x 10.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1013
Out of stock

Max width 11.5″, min 9″.Check at one end. Heartwood on one face.

65.32
Pear - Swiss
$63.0546.5 x 11.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1012

Heartwood with cracking and knots. Live edges.

63.05
Pear - Swiss
$70.4747.25 x 11 x 0.8 inPEARSW1011
Out of stock

Live edges. Heartwood prominent on one face with knot which comes through board to small knot on other face.

70.47
Pear - Swiss
$65.8347.5 x 11.5 x 0.8 inPEARSW1010
Out of stock

Live edges. Prominent heartwood with several knots on one face and one knot on other face. Check at one end.

65.83
Pear - Swiss
$43.9047 x 7.75 x 0.8 inPEARSW1009
Out of stock

Max width 9″, min 7.5″. Live edges. Checking one end. Knots on both faces

43.9
Pear - Swiss
$45.2445.5 x 8.25 x 0.8 inPEARSW1008
Out of stock

Live edges. One edge has saw cut into board and few small cracks. Several small knots

45.24
Pear - Swiss
$63.3047.75 x 11 x 0.8 inPEARSW1007

Live edges. Check one end. Heartwood with several knots

63.3
Pear - Swiss
$59.6645 x 11 x 0.8 inPEARSW1006
Out of stock

Live edges. Knots on both faces. Prominent heartwood. One end check

59.66
Pear - Swiss
$94.2677.25 x 9 x 0.8 inPEARSW1005
Out of stock

Live edges. 2 short cracks from one edge.

94.26
Pear - Swiss
$43.8946.25 x 9 x 0.8 inPEARSW1004

Live edges. Heartwood with cracking. One knot with little crack. 2 defects on one edge

43.89
Pear - Swiss
$42.5052.25 x 6 x 0.8 inPEARSW1003
Out of stock

Max width 7.5″, min 4″. Live edges but otherwise clear.

42.5
Pear - Swiss
$37.4246 x 6 x 0.8 inPEARSW1002
Out of stock

Max width 7″, min 5″. Live edges. Clear board

37.42
Pear - Swiss
$47.7245.25 x 10 x 0.8 inPEARSW1001
Out of stock

Live edges. Extensive crack one end. Several knots with small crack on one face.

47.72

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