Alder Block Ald46
2.6" x 2.7" x 12"
Here's a pretty spindle of lightly spalted Red Alder. The wood is an overall peachy-brown color with warm undertones of red and yellow. There are a few white flecks scattered throughout; these may be bits of sapwood mixed into the heartwood. 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.
There is a large knot with very pretty grain around it at mid-block. There are two open cracks near the knot that you'll probably need to fill with CA glue prior to working with the piece.
This is lightly spalted Red Alder. Turning this block to achieve a good finish without tearout will require sharp tools and a light touch.
This is a fairly GREEN piece of wood, measured at ~30% moisture content in February 2023. If you need a current moisture content, please message us so that we can check its status for you.
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!