Anyone have info on turning Red Alder, experiences and thoughts much
I'm not sure it it's Red alder or not, but I've turned a fair amount
of the fast growing alder that's planted as a "urban ornamental" in
northern California. It's biggest appeal is that it's easy to get in
big chunks. I use it primarily for big salad bowls. It's pretty
stable. I can green turn a 16" diameter bowl to a thickness of 1" and
not have it split or warp too much out of round to finish turn. I
finish turn to a thickness of about 3/8" then almost soak it in
mineral oilfor a day or two. The grain and color are not that great
to start out with, but with a year or 2 of use it will turn a rich red
with a great patina.
I wouldn't use it for "art" pieces, but for tureen it works fine.
Give it a spin
2. Red Ivory
14. Alder logs