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Pear – Swiss

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Species Description: Wood Species

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.

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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

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Pear - Swiss
R1,010.25203 × 20.5 × 2.2 cmPEARSW1008
Weight 10.8 kg
Dimensions 203 × 20.5 × 2.2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with a crack and surface checks.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,462.26204.5 × 27 × 2.2 cmPEARSW1007
Out of stock

Stunning board.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,127.86202 × 23 × 2.2 cmPEARSW1006
Weight 7.9 kg
Dimensions 202 × 23 × 2.2 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board with surface checks.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,265.23210 × 27.3 × 2.2 cmPEARSW1005
Weight 9.8 kg
Dimensions 210 × 27.3 × 2.2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with surface checks, a knot and a crack.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,254.80202.7 × 25.5 × 2.3 cmPEARSW1004
Weight 9.2 kg
Dimensions 202.7 × 25.5 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Nice board with surface checks and a crack.

a
Pear - Swiss
R1,297.97210.5 × 25.4 × 2.3 cmPEARSW1003
Weight 8.4 kg
Dimensions 210.5 × 25.4 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Pretty board surface checks and a knot.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,374.27203.5 × 25.5 × 2.2 cmPEARSW1002
Out of stock

Stunning board with a crack.

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Pear - Swiss
R1,404.94204.5 × 28.3 × 2.3 cmPEARSW1001
Weight 9.1 kg
Dimensions 204.5 × 28.3 × 2.3 cm
Grade

A

Piece Type

Rough Sawn Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Quartersawn

Lovely board with a crack, a knot and surface checks.

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