Europe, Siberia, North Africa, Prefers loose, deep and moist clay soils, rich in nutrients. Frequently to be found along water courses and in river plains.
After felling the colour is first orange-red and subsequently darkens to a reddish –white or brownish-red. Alder is less decorative and often has defects. Perfect logs are seldom to be found. The species is relatively unsuitable for sliced veneer. Fine streaks are found spread over the entire surface in almost all cases.
Working Alder by hand and tools presents no difficulties. It can be easily planed, moulded and turned. Very smooth surfaces are produced.
Alder can be dried well and quickly without any great tendency to check and warp.
Mat finishes are generally applied as well as wax and preservatives containing oil. Their application presents no difficulties.
Glue joints hold very well. Screws and nails provide tight joints.
American Red Alder, Hard Maple
For veneer, lumber, musical instruments, fruit crates, at present used as solid wood for furniture. Was considered to be an inferior wood not accepted by the furniture industry until the mid-nineties when it became fashionable.
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