Pear wood is a quality wood, very popular in Europe and used mainly in interiors.

Although native to Central and Eastern Europe, today it is common to find plantations in temperate zones anywhere in the world.

Its scientific name is Pyrus communis.

Characteristics of pear wood

Color: The heartwood has shades of pink and light brown. The sapwood is a little lighter and it is not easy to distinguish it from the heartwood. It is common to treat this wood with steam to change the color and make it a little more pink. If it is dark stained, it can be used as a substitute for ebony.

Fiber: Direct.

Grain: Good.

Density: It is a wood that can be classified between semi light and heavy, About. 690-750 kg / m³.

Toughness: It has a higher resistance than oak according to the Janka scale, despite having a lower density: 1,660 lbf (7,380 N) compared to 1,360 lbf (6,000 N) of white oak.

Durability: It is not particularly resistant to rot and insects.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.50%. Moderately nervous

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: – kg / cmtwo
  • Resistance to static bending: – kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: – kg / cmtwo

Workability. It is usually a wood easy to work, both with mechanical and manual tools.

  • It sticks well.
  • Accepts finishes well.
  • It is well used in lathes.

Price and availability. In Europe it can be found relatively easy and although its price is not low. In other areas, it is more complicated and is sold mainly as a plate.

pear characteristics


  • Fabrication of natural wood veneers using flat cut.
  • Spinning.
  • Structures
  • Marquetry.
  • Crafts and sculptures.
  • Construction of musical instruments: violins, guitars …
  • Internal furniture.