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Author:  Old Dog [ Thu May 25, 2017 3:47 am ]
Post subject:  Pear wood

A lot of recorders have been made of pear wood over the years. Why pear wood? What's so great about the material?

Author:  s1m0n [ Thu May 25, 2017 5:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

It's a close-grained hardwood available to europeans.

Author:  Peter Duggan [ Thu May 25, 2017 6:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

Old Dog wrote:
What's so great about the material?

Nothing. Presumably used for availability and price, but it's basically a mass market, lower-end choice with pearwood and maple recorders typically impregnated with paraffin wax for preservation and stability where harder/denser woods don't require this and are normally oiled instead.

Author:  s1m0n [ Thu May 25, 2017 6:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

Before the arrival of tropical hardwoods in Europe, fruitwood (usually pear) and boxwood were two of the densest close-grained woods available to Europeans. Thus, they were used to make recorders. Several hundred years later, the tradition continues, despite the availability of denser tropical hardwoods.

*And flutes, pipes, etc. At the time, there was no better wood available.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Thu May 25, 2017 7:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

I would say availability. Especially as the flute/whistle is a folk instrument and in earlier times commoners would make use of the materials around them. And I dont think Pear was a particularly sacred tree (unlike Yew or Rowan)

Author:  Chifmunk [ Mon May 29, 2017 8:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

Coincidence-
I'm having an all pear wood epinette des Vosges being made for me right now. I chose pear wood mostly because that's the wood of the antique original museum instrument that my epinette is based on. Also for pear wood sentimental reasons. Should be finished in a few weeks. The color of pear wood is delightful as well. Can't wait!

Author:  benhall.1 [ Tue May 30, 2017 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

Chifmunk wrote:
Coincidence-
I'm having an all pear wood epinette des Vosges being made for me right now. I chose pear wood mostly because that's the wood of the antique original museum instrument that my epinette is based on. Also for pear wood sentimental reasons. Should be finished in a few weeks. The color of pear wood is delightful as well. Can't wait!

I had to look up "epinette des Vosges". Never heard of one before.

Author:  AuLoS303 [ Tue May 30, 2017 2:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Pear wood

benhall.1 wrote:
Chifmunk wrote:
Coincidence-
I'm having an all pear wood epinette des Vosges being made for me right now. I chose pear wood mostly because that's the wood of the antique original museum instrument that my epinette is based on. Also for pear wood sentimental reasons. Should be finished in a few weeks. The color of pear wood is delightful as well. Can't wait!

I had to look up "epinette des Vosges". Never heard of one before.

Me too, and I'm glad I took the time too. It looks fantastic!

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