But first I had to get one edge straight. Clamped it in the shoulder vise, the other end held up on a peg in the front face of the bench. Got out the #7 and made the first pass on the semi-straight edge.
Hmmm - this stuff planes nice.
Second pass - curlies that look more like light brown paper rather than wood - no visible grain. And the planed surfaces were almost glass smooth - with no discernable grain. Very interesting.
Did a little ROS sanding on the “waves” face and then went at it with a scraper. Again it was like scraping paper, no grain feel at all. And again, a nice shiny surface.
This stuff loves hand tools!
When you think fruitwood it's cherry that comes to mind. But pear is wonderful and I'm now looking for some apple wood. Wonder what prune wood is like?
If you can lay your hands on some pear wood - try it. You'll like it.