Uses: Turnery and carving, plywood corestock, utility plywood, chip baskets and small laminated articles, woodenware, and veneers. In decorative veneer form, its natural defects are exploited, such as knots, burr (burl) clusters, minor stains and streaks, stumpwood etc., and for plywood panelling in contemporary style.
General Description: Western Red Alder's heartwood is pale yellow to reddish-brown in colour. Fairly straight grained and of uniform texture; it shows a pleasing but subdued figure. Weight about 530 kg/m³ (33 lb/ft³); specific gravity .53.
This is a soft, weak timber of medium density, low bending strength and shock resistance, medium crushing strength and very low stiffness.
Western Red Alder dries easily, fairly rapidly and well with negligible degrade and with little movement in service.
The hardwood is perishable; liable to attack by common furniture beetle, but is permeable for preservation treatment.
Family Name: Betulaceae
Latin Name: Alnus rubra
Distribution: Pacific coast of Canada and USA
Also known as: White ash, green ash (USA), red ash (Canada); black ash, brown ash (USA); Canadian ash (UK).