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Pear wood: worth it?

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by 300zx_tt, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. 300zx_tt

    300zx_tt ArboristSite Operative

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    Hey all, got a call from a tree guy I’ve gotten logs from before. Says he’s got 2 10’ long ~28”-30” diameter pear logs coming down next Monday. Never milled pear or seen it for sale. Is it worth an hour drive?

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
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    Might be. It depends on the log. A plum log I got a couple years ago is hard, tough, colorful stuff. I may have seen it online, pear that is, when a local tree service thought they had one I could mill. Then it was something else that was fire wooded while he was away. Google it should be info on characteristics of the wood.
    Good luck
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    I'm not a miller (yet) but a small Bradford pear yard tree I cut up was gorgeous.
     
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    Don’t know if I would drive an hour to get it, the pear you are being offered may look better than this. I cut a Bradford pear down in my front yard and milled a bit to try out my new mill. I was going to use the wood after it drys to make a gun rack to put in my bedroom.
     
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    300zx_tt ArboristSite Operative

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    The only reason I’m even considering it is because of the size. A 28-30” pear is massive around here. Plus it’s a half an hour there half an hour back... I’m probably going to go get it. Guy says he’ll load it on my flatbed for me. Worse case is I block it and toss it in the firewood pile.
     
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    I would go get it too!
     
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    I had a small piece of pear. Looked very similar to cherry. Should make some nice lumber.
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Exactly what I was thinking. Fantastic wood for smoking meat!

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    Most fruit trees produce beautiful lumber.
    That size is pretty amazing.
    Definitely worth giving it a shot.
    I would.... Good Luck and be safe.
     
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    I was asked to mill some small/short pear pieces about 15 years ago. The pieces were too small for my CSM and ended up doing it on my woodwork bandsaw. The smell was amazing. I kept s few offcuts and turned up some coffee tamper handles.

    I think Apricot was my fave fruit wood to mill but have also milled apple and nectarine. The smells are fantastic.
     
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    300zx_tt ArboristSite Operative

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    Thanks for the input... it’s probably worth it for the smell alone! I’ll pick it up and keep you guys posted. Maybe I’ll try and grab some branch wood as well for the smoker
     
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    Keep us posted. As every one else has said, most fruit wood is very pretty when opened up. Most is very hard and makes good, attractive tool handles. I've only seen one Bradford that big. I was on the campus of St. Johns college in Annapolis. It was a monster. That's where I took the Maryland Tree Experts ID portion of the test.
     
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    Welp, this ended up not happening, he sent some pictures over before I left and it ended up being a pin oak not a pear... not sure how the 2 were mixed up
     
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    I popped a couple Pin Oaks open and they were beautiful inside. I've also opened up a couple that had real bad ring shake.
     

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