Red Alder Oregon Alder
European Alder; Hard Maple
Red Alder grows along the Pacific Coast of North America, in the south almost to Mexico and in the north to the northern part of Canada, however only in a coastal strip approx. 50 miles wide.
Used in the USA all along as a versatile wood but never for decorative purposes. At the beginning of the nineties in very high demand in Germany as lumber for solid wood furniture. Unlike in other species the defects are not only tolerated but even desired. Nevertheless not obtainable in large quantities in the long run. It can only be used in short lengths ( 0.50 - 1.20 m) for mass-produced furniture due to the defects in the lumber Also used for kitchen cabinets, living-room and bedroom furniture.
Light Brown / Red