Grain: Straight to sometimes wavy or irregular.
Figure: Sapwood is a pale yellowish red. Heartwood has all kinds of patterns of color from a dusty rose to a red-brown.
Texture: The wood is remarkable for its extrordinary smoothness and even texture.
Properties: Excellent for carving, turning and milling. It can be cut with a sharp edge in any direction. Finishes to a polished surface. Pearwood can be stained black to resemble Ebony. Flexible and suited to bending.
Uses: Fine carvings, delicate fittings and turned objects. Also used for framing and hull timbering. The sapwood makes beautiful planking.