Turned and finished to a wall thickness of approximately 1/16 of an inch with beautiful grain patterns, this pear wood bowl is as exquisite to hold as it is to look at. To create the natural saddle appearance, I started with a pear log that was from a branch roughly 10 inches in diameter and worked from the outside of the tree inward towards the center of the tree. The curved rim is not carved or sanded - it is the natural outside edge of the log. Like much of my working stock, the raw material was reclaimed from a firewood pile by one of my collectors.
The sapwood of pear is pale yellow-apricot, and the heartwood varies from flesh tone to a pale pinkish brown. This piece is mostly heartwood, coming from the limb of a very old tree with slow growth. Fruitwood also is known to "move" greatly in the drying process, and because this piece was turned while it was still green, the resultant warpage lent itself to the aesthetic beauty of the natural-edged shape.
Pear has one of the finest of textures of the fruitwoods, and was often used in making instruments such as lutes, recorders and - because of its hardness - the jacks of harpsichords. In spite of its hardness - equal almost to that of boxwood - this piece is incredibly light in weight. Fine wood turnings such as these are a joy for me to make!
Photography by Peter Shefler © 2002 Clearstory Studios