Figure: The color of the wood ranges from a light cream to a pale reddish brown with no outstanding figure.
Texture: Smooth and fine.
Properties: Alder is a flexible wood and easy to bend. It is stable and will hold its shape. A very good wood for carving and machining. The wood leaves a clean sharp edge and finishes to a smooth surface. It is an all around easy working wood.
Uses: The prime use is for bent structural members and hull planking. Alder makes nice decking. Well suitable for framing and timbering as well as masts and spars.