European Pear wood is a beautiful, finely grained hardwood that is commonly steamed to bring out desirable colors such as pinks and reds. Some logs have sought after "flame or curl" and produce striking lumber that is well suited for many uses. Straight or even grained wood is used for carving, chess men, and print blocks. Pear has also been dyed black as a substitute for Ebony. Guitars and recorders from the woodwinds can use "flamed" or fine even grained lumber interchangeably depending on the craftsman's desires.This lumber is kiln dried and ready to use. It is excellent for turning and carving as it is very easy to cut and takes a smooth, soft finish.