Bark & Rock

Pear Swiss Figured Crown

Where: Europe and Asia

Botanical Name: Pyrus communis

Our Swiss Pear wood, also known as European Pear, is elegant and distinctive with a warm pinkish brown colour. Pear wood is prized for its silky smooth surface and its seductively understated pattern which is created by an unusually consistent and straight grain. Pear trees are native to Central and Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia.

Pear wood is valued for being unusually beautiful and it also happens to be especially resilient to splintering – thus it is used for items such as walking stick handles and kitchen utensils as well as decorative carving.

Pears are ornamental trees and most bear edible fruit, the fifth most widely picked in the world. Pears are closely related to apples, originating from the same Rosaceous family. However, unlike apples, they have no hollow at the stem and begin growing as a narrow cylinder which broadens out, and has led to the expression 'pear shape'.


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.

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