Alder is a moderately light and slightly soft hardwood, with a smooth surface and very little grain showing. Alder may display pin knots, grain “fuzz” and mineral streaks. Colors may vary from almost white to tan and pale, pinkish brown, with differences being accentuated when clear, light stain colors are used.
Rustic Alder shares the same attributes as Alder, and features a random blend of natural characteristics that occur much more frequently than in Alder.
A range of grain patterns and colors may appear on the same panel, and adjacent door and drawer fronts may not match each other. These are natural characteristics of Alder and are not considered a defect.