Alder Block Ald43
2.6" x 2.7" x 7.9"
This is an eye-catching spindle of spalted Red Alder. The wood is an overall peachy-brown color with warm undertones of red and yellow. There are white flecks scattered throughout, almost in a wormy texture -- these may be bits of sapwood mixed into the heartwood. It's a striking figure! Alder tends to have a lot of color variation throughout, so please browse the photos to get a sense of this particular piece's character.
This is moderately spalted Red Alder. To achieve this beautiful degree of spalting, the wood does give up a little bit of density and strength. Turning this block to achieve a good finish without tearout will require sharp tools and a light touch.
Fully air-dried to ~10% moisture content. This piece has a bark edge which is loosely attached and partially broken off. Secure with CA glue if you wish to keep the bark.
About the Tree
This Red Alder tree lived a long and healthy life on San Juan Island, Washington. It died naturally and toppled over, probably during one of the wind storms which frequently sweep across the island. It rested on the ground in the forest for a time, allowing the local mushrooms to colonize and spalt the wood. Spalting is highly variable across the tree. Not all pieces have spalting, but quite a few have black-line and zone spalting that enhance this already-beautiful wood. You'll enjoy the projects you create from this wood!