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06-28-2017 02:02 PM

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Has anyone had any experience with Bradford Pear? I had a neighbor lose a sizeable branch come down the other day and he is going to take down the whole tree, and I wasn’t sure if it would be worth trying to grab some.

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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#1 posted 06-28-2017 02:09 PM

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#2 posted 06-28-2017 06:04 PM

Nice turning wood

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 06-28-2017 06:12 PM

It’s fairly hard (not as hard as often claimed, IME) and frequently has “flame” figure, though it’s not chatoyant like maple or walnut. Otherwise it’s pretty plain.

The wood isn’t brittle (despite the claims one often sees). The trees just fall apart because of the trees’ structure and the penchant for bark inclusions. The limbs actually grow against each other until the strong one pushes the others off the tree.

But, yeah, it’s good for turning, tool handles, mallets, etc.

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#4 posted 06-28-2017 06:13 PM

The only practical use for it that i have read about is that it is good for turning. The wood is a lot like other fruit woods. It typically doesn’t grow large enough to make lumber.

My personal opinion is that it is one the worst trash trees imported as an ornamental from China They split, break and self destruct in rough weather. They also smell terrible in the spring. Our neighborhood is full of them and there are always huge piles of limbs at the street after a heavy thunderstorm. I am building a new house and had about 10 of them pushed up and hauled off to be burned.

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#5 posted 06-28-2017 06:18 PM

soob and Artmann nailed it on both counts. Trees stink in spring, terrible structure, nice turning. I just finished a couple of handles and they are a really nice white/cream shot with light brown. It takes HUT Crystal nicely – have sharp tools.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 06-28-2017 06:28 PM

Thank you all for your insight. I might see if i can grab some for my wife’s grandfather as he does a lot of turning, but seeing as I don’t have a lathe, I will probably pass for myself.

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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#7 posted 06-29-2017 02:16 AM

I have seen pear turnings and they looked great! Go for it!!

Cheers, Jim

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#8 posted 06-29-2017 02:24 AM

I made a couple things out of it and did a few turnings with it also. Well worth it. Occasionally you get a piece and it’s really special. I found that it doesn’t tend to crack as easy as other lumber too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-29-2017 02:36 AM

Our local woodturning club has a mailing list for things like this. A fallen bradford pear would get scooped up pretty quickly.

-- Barry,

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