My favorite wood for carving? Pear.
As far as I’m concerned, it is the best.
Like all the other fruit wood it is hard,
but more than that, it wants to grip the gouge
which helps me carve the lines I want to carve.
Now maple is about as hard as pear.
And it too can be carved against the grain
and won’t tear out like many other woods.
I’ve only carved a couple blocks with it, but
the wood is slippery. It’s harder to
control the gouge and keep it in the line.
Mahogany is a hard wood, but too soft
to let me get the detail that I want
my prints to have. And walnut’s beautiful,
but unlike pear it has an open grain
and if I carved a walnut block those holes
would show up ruining my finished prints.
So pear, like partridge in a pear tree pear,
is what I use for making wood bock prints.