Alder hardwood is moderately lightweight. With alder there is no visible
boundary between heartwood and sapwood. Red Alder hardwood, 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.
Alder is available in a Select grade which
has a clear look with very few knots in the wood. Rustic Alder (or
Knotty Alder) has more numerous knots of various sizes than the Select
Alder is often used when a lived-in, rustic
effect is desired.
consistent in color - pale pinkish-brown to almost white.
Color Change: Alder
is almost white when freshly cut but quickly changes on exposure to air,
becoming light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge.
Grain: Either no
distinct grain pattern OR moderately straight-grain with a uniform texture.
Finishes smoothly and takes stain well.
Characteristics: Relatively soft hardwood, medium
density, good working properties, low tensile strength, moderately
lightweight, low shock resistance and stiffness.