european pear wood, pearwood, swiss pear wood


European Pear wood also known as Swiss Pear, Allisee, Ellesbeer etc. is one of the finest continental hardwoods.  The finest quality Pear veneer comes from the sorbus tree, one of the only trees to have three heart color rings.  Swiss Pear is a lumber that gets richer as it oxidizes.  It is used for flutes and has also been used by luthiers for violin construction.  The wood is usually steamed to even out the color to a uniform fawn or pink.

  • Used for fine veneers
  • Produced from the fruit pear and sorbus trees
  • Used for musical instruments
  • Fine texture
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Characteristics of European Pear

Origin of Wood Type Europe
Botanical Name Pyrus communis
Specific Gravity 0.7
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.67 lb/ bf
Color Range Pink – Tan
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 3″ to 12″, can be found up to 22″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 5′ to 14′
Avg. Waste Factor 50% & up
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Instrument Parts, Veneer and other uses
Lumber Grades Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer
Other Trade Names Swiss Pear, European Pear, Wild Pear, Choke Pear, Allisee, Ellesbeer
European Pear Lumber Pricing