Alder has become more and more popular in the last few years. I suspect it has to do with the price increases and limited availability of other more common domestic wood species. Some have called alder a cherry substitute. I suppose that is possible – they both are pinkish in color. There is little resemblance after that, however. Alder is softer and even the select grades are prone to have small knots. Many customers like the rustic look of Alder and specify the cheaper knotty grade (larger and more plentiful knots). Alder turns quite well and has a really nice fragrance. I’ve included an image of a few alder island legs that I made for a customer some time back.

alder island legs

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