Taomu in Chinese Furniture

Alternate name / botanical classification:  Pear Wood

Pear wood is very hard to the extent that it requires the sharpest tools to carve.  However, this produces magnificent detail in the shapes of carvings achieved.  

Rather than having any prominent lines running through it lines running through it, visually it is characterised by waves of changes in its colour. from a light grey to purple-tinged brown sandwiching its pink-brown core.

Pear Wood was more popular in fact for making musical instruments.  Craftsmen often regard Pear Wood as a "well mannered" wood referring to the the pleasant odour and feel of the wood, it's non-irritating characteristic and the way freshly planed silky shavings reveal beautiful new layers of colour and hue.