06-28-2010 07:32 PM
I had a bradford pear tree blown down by wind today and was wondering if it was a good wood for turning or anything else? Most is 2 to 4 inch limbs with some crotches in the 6 to 8 inch range.
06-29-2010 06:52 AM
I would cut some up and dry it and give it a go. I seem to remember hearing that "fruit" wood is unstable? and subject to splitting, cracking, or checking but that never stopped me from trying. If it doesn't work out you lose nothing really but time and a little effort...it could turn out quite unique. Now I'll shut up and let someone that actually knows about these things chime in.
06-29-2010 02:00 PM
There was a thread on here showing a nice piece turned from a Bradford Pear Root Ball I believe.
Anyway here the link.
06-29-2010 03:57 PM
John thanks for digging up that piece. Yes it was made from bradford pear, and it turned real nice from what i can remember. If you have a chance to get the root by all means do it .
06-29-2010 06:45 PM
Thanks everyone. I have been cutting yesterday afternoon and this afternoon till dark. I think it is a keeper.
Thanks john, and smbwood58, now I got to dig up the root.
It was a cool 95º today and my shade was laying on the ground.
06-30-2010 12:50 PM
Sorry for causing the extra work, but I remembered how beautiful that piece was.
I have been watching a few Bradford pears around here just waiting for the wind to put them down so I can go get some of it.
07-01-2010 06:16 PM
I was on my way to work, and one had blown across the street. I stopped and helped them cut it up, and they gave me as much as I wanted. Turns good and finishes beautifully.