Referred to as Red Alder or Western Red Alder. Found in coastal western North America particularly the Pacific Northwest.
Alder, a relative of birch, is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air, becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. Heartwood is formed only in trees of advanced age and there is no visible boundary between sap and heartwood. The wood is fairly straight-grained with a uniform texture. Alder is a relatively soft hardwood of medium density that has low bending strength, shock resistance and stiffness.
Alder machines well and is excellent for turning. It nails, screws and glues well, and can be sanded, painted, or stained to a good finish. When stained, it blends with walnut, mahogany or cherry. It dries easily with little degrade and has good dimensional stability after drying.
Furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, shutters, mouldings, panel stock, turnings, carvings and kitchen utensils.
Widths: 5" to 8"
Lengths: 10' in stock other lengths frequently available.
Surfacing: Skip planed.
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