the REST of the pictures on this page will give you a better overall feel for this wood
pearwood / Pyrus spp. of the family Rosaceae
3" x 3" flat cut, 2.5" x 2.5" quartersawn, 3/4" wide end grain, and a 1/4" x 1/4" end grain closeup.
Diffuse porous with solitary "uncountable" pores (i.e. VERY small pores randomly arranged), growth ring boundaries often quite faint but generally visible even to the naked eye, rays not visible at 10X
Reportedly there are about 20 species of pear that grow in North America, Europe, and parts of western and southeast Asia. Most are fruit trees, all are small by lumber standards, and at least one, the Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana) is a fruitless ornamental tree. Also, to remain technically correct, I should point out that Bradford pear is NOT technically just "Pyrus calleryana", it is a cultivar of that species and the formal name is "Pyrus calleryana var Bradford". My own use of just Pyrus calleryana throughout this site follows the common convention used by almost all wood/woodworking sites in the USA.
The exceptionally fine, smooth, texture make this an ideal wood for carving, and since the tree is small this wood is pretty much limited to carving, turning, and small ornamental objects. Lumber and veneer production is mostly from the common pear (Pyrus communis) and the Swiss pear (Pyrus nivalis). The veneer, when steamed as it often is, takes on a brighter pink color than un-steamed.
Reportedly subject to severe twisting during drying.
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions