Swiss Pear Wood
The wood of fruit trees and also that of wild pear trees is offered under the trade name „Swiss pear wood“; but mostly that of the Checker tree and also the True service tree. The regional name reference stems from history, when this wood type came primarily from the must pear trees growing in Switzerland.
While the fruit trees reach average heights of rarely over 15 m, and, as a rule, have conical tops, the checker trees can actually reach heights of 30 m with knot-free stem lengths of 6 m and diameters up to 70 cm. They have a rather spherical top shape as free-standing trees.
All pear trees have the characteristic that they form a lightly twisted, often also bent stem.
It is therefore rather difficult finding large, straight board lengths.
The wood of the pear trees belongs to the hardest and heaviest European solid woods. It has extremely fine pores, a red-brown colour, can be very well processed and stands out especially as knife veneer due to its delicate but expressive ornate wood surface.
Stained black, it is used as a substitute for ebony and can be high-gloss lacquered very well due to its fine pores (surface of piano).
|Botanical Name||Pyrus Communis|
|Surface Variants||transparent lacquered|
|Related Kinds||Checker tree, Wild pear, True service tree, European pear|
|Distribution||Southern Europe, North Africa, West and East Asia, Japan|
|Systematology||Deciduous tree, hardwood, fine pores, mature wood tree|
|Types/Variants||Solid Wood Veneered Wood|