European pear wood also known as Swiss Pear, Allisee or Ellesbeer is one of the finest continental hardwoods. It has a fine texture and usually gets a richer color as it oxidizes/ages.
Heartwood is a pale pink or light reddish brown. Sapwood is slightly paler but is not usually distinct from heartwood. Pear is sometimes steamed to deepen the pink coloration. Pear is also occasionally dyed black and used as a substitute for ebony.
Grain & Texture
Grain is usually straight, with a very fine uniform texture.
It’s been said that Pear is used in Europe much in the same way that Black Cherry is used in the United States: as a popular and high-quality domestic hardwood.