June 2020 | Pearwood
June 2020 Wood of the Month | Pearwood veneer is rather rare; at M. Bohlke we have both plain and figured Pearwood. Flat and quarter cut Pearwood veneer can be made available.
Pearwood is native to central and eastern Europe with a wide distribution in some parts of Asia and the United States. These trees can reach heights of 60 feet with trunk diameters generally between 2 to 3 feet. It is also commonly called European Pearwood. Swiss Pearwood refers to the premium veneer type of this species.
Consistent and versatile
Pearwood is used in Europe much in the same way that Black Cherry is used in the United States: as a popular and high-quality domestic hardwood. Both flat and quarter cut Pearwood veneer are sometimes used as a substitute for ebony when stained.
Colors range from light creamy yellows to medium reddish browns, along with pink undertones. This veneer has a very fine, straight grain with a close and uniform texture. Once finished, Pearwood exudes warmth.
Common uses for Pearwood veneer
Depending on the cut, Pearwood veneer flat cut (plain sliced) is commonly used for architectural millwork while the figured veneer generally goes to high-end furniture. Flat cut Pearwood veneer makes the grain more wavy with some cathedrals.
Some other noteworthy applications include musical instruments, as well as cabinetry and doors. Figure can be moderate to heavy.
Lumber: We currently have 4/4, 5/4, 8/4 and 10/4 Pearwood boules available from M. Bohlke Lumber.
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