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Green Alder

If you've never carved good green wood, you're really missing something. My tools carve green Alder extremely well.
Please Note:  I'm having problems with my source for a standing Alder tree. It looks like I won't be able to supply any green Alder this season.

Prices include all shipping and handling.
Domestic order only.

Pieces to roughly fill a box 12" x 12" x 5"    (a bit less than 5 board feet)
$35.00      (not available)

   
Pieces to roughly fill a box 13" x 11" x 3"    (a bit less than 3 board feet)
$25.00      (not available)
   
* Please indicate the sizes of the chunks you want at the end of checkout, in Special Instructions. But be aware that I will be processing this wood with a chainsaw and a froe, so the sizes are only approximate.
 

 
Although green alder carves very well, it does have some drawbacks:

Bland - generally a pale, blond wood (though it darkens nicely). However, green Alder spalts very well.
Checking - like most green woods, it will check (or even open up into larger cracks) if allowed to dry too fast. The most important thing is to keep the end grain sealed. Keeping your piece stored in a plasic bag can be a good way to prevent checking. But if overdone, this can lead to another big problem...
Mold - if moisture is allowed to stay on the surface for extended periods (weeks, depending on the temperature), black areas will form. This is not spalting, which is frequently desirable. This black mold is splatchy, very unattractive, and can quickly migrate below the surface.

*** A good way to avoid both checking and mold is to freeze the wood. Make sure to remove any standing moisture from the surface and tightly wrap the wood in plastic, otherwise it will quickly dry and check.

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My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.

Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.

 
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