The one that started it all
When we started Craft over a decade ago, alder was the only wood we used. We love it because it is a beautiful closed grain wood, which makes it great for staining and finishing. We admire the way that the knots tend to be intergrown with the rest of the wood. Visually, the grain flows around the solid knots in such a way as to create a feeling of being rustic and elegant all at the same time. That’s why we consider it to be the wood-of-choice for upscale rustic applications such as high-end cottages, chalets and upscale residences with a craftsman motif.
As the merits of alder gradually became more widely known, it started to become used in some woodworking circles as a substitute for American Cherry – a much higher priced and much sought-after American hardwood.
Red Alder is one of the great success stories to come out the West Coast forests of Canada and the US. Commonly found growing in stands of mixed Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar, the full potential of Red Alder was for a long time overlooked.
As the popularity of Red Alder increased, it became known more and more as one of the species most preferred by environmentalists. Alder has the unique property of “nitrogen fixing” the soil, which makes it a great species to promote environmental restoration after an area has been logged. Furthermore, it is a fast-growing species, which means that it gets high marks as a renewable resource.