Bradford Pear

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Blog entry by Vinman posted 06-22-2008 12:57 PM 1095 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend who cuts trees and recently he cut down a Bradford pear tree. The butt log is a bit over 6’ long and 22” in diameter and has a pink salmon color. The end grain almost looks like cherry except for the color. Is this wood good for woodworking? If anyone is interested in the log he wants $125 for the entire log. The log is near Cleveland, Ohio.


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#1 posted 06-22-2008 03:14 PM

Pear or any fruit wood is great for woodworking.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Daren Nelson

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 01:55 AM

Bradford pear is not a fruit tree it is an ornamental, fruitless tree (sorry Gary, the first time in 280 days I have disagreed with you) It is much softer than most hardwoods. They often blow down/split around here in anything more than a stiff breeze. I had one come crashing down on the back patio at my last house. They are a fast growing tree. To your questions, I think it would make pretty woodworking material, it is pretty wood. I suspect when milled it should dry easier/faster/flatter than fruit trees, they can be a real challenge. As far as the price…I would say that is high. There is 122 bft in that log, so you are paying $1+ bft before processing (and who knows if it will even mill/dry into anything usable ?) That is a big one though, I don’t see them 22”. That of course is your call, myself I would offer to haul it off for free.

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 03:18 AM

Bradford pear turns very well. You could make up some large bowl blanks, turn part way down now, put some sealer on the endgrain and then finish turning when the blank dries out – give it about 6 months. The price is a little high.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 07:40 PM

How about one for free. I have access to one about 5’ long and 22”+ diameter?

I NEED AN ANSWER IN 15 minutes or it will be pulp wood.


EDIT: Well, I picked up about 10 stumps. They had already cut up the big trunk and I didn’t really have a way to handle it after I got home anyways.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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