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03-27-2014 08:12 PM

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I have begun the slow process of trimming my pear tree back to a manageable size. I have a lot of medium sized limbs some good for anything from walking sticks to palm sized carvings. So the question is is Pear any good for carving. Should it be seasoned and for how long?

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 01:03 AM

Any fruit wood, like pear, is good for carving. Seal the ends with poly or paint, remove the bark and allow to set one year per inch of diameter.

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 04:16 AM

Pear is a very desirable wood, and like stated, carves very well. I’m a wooden plane maker, and wish I could find some more in large enough billets. Not to be controversial, but in a study at the University of Wisconsin (available for reading at woodweb), it has been proven that paint does very little as an end grain sealer to slow the loss of moisture in green wood. It’s a bit of a wives tail that has spread like wildfire. Use a product called anchorseal. It’s designed for just this application, and is available at your local woodcraft, Rockler, or online.

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 04:29 PM

In my experience if you remove the bark and leave the pith, you’ll have firewood in short order (checks running all through it). Leaving the pith is always a gamble. Thinned yellow glue makes a decent end grain sealer.


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