A 50 year old pear tree in our backyard was slowly dying and more than one arborist told us we should take it down for safety reasons. So when we decided to build our back porch and fire pit we designed it so we wouldn’t have to take down any trees other than this pear. While I was sad to see it go I was hoping that once it was down I would be able to use some of it for knife handles. Last week I cut off a chunk and was pleasantly surprised to see the spaulted contrast inside. I’m eager to cut some into scales and send it off for stabilization. Any of the wood that I don’t use for knife scales is going to make some great smoking wood for ribs and briskets.