AKA: Red alder and Western alder
What: Alder is a hardwood, and the only broadleaf tree with cones. Tree matures in 25-40 yrs and only lives 60-80 years.
Where: One of the most common Pacific Coast commercial timbers, grows on the Pacific Coast of Canada and the US (Oregon & Washington)
Properties: Fine grained, one of the softer hardwoods (Janka 590)
Workability: Machines well, stains any color easily, no problems with
sap or mineral streaks
Uses: Cabinets, furniture, pallets, plywood, veneer, specialty items, and paper products. Was once the favored wood for making artificial limbs until plastic became available and popular. Good for smoking meats (like hickory or mesquite)