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Question about alder

Postby Ian S » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:31 pm

Hi everyone

I managed to pick up some Alder at the weekend (Cheers, Bob!), and I'm hacking away at it making a bowl (of sorts).

Question - the sap oxidises to a fairly bright, even garish, orange. Is there any way to get rid of this colour from the wood once it has dried out? Will it wash out, bleach out, sun bleach out?

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Re: Question about alder

Postby robin wood » Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:36 pm

I rather like it but if you don't then it's easy to be rid of it. Basically it is only the surface that oxidises and only when it's still wet so carve 95% of the way, let it dry then do your finishing cuts over the wholes surface. You will be left with a white bowl that will stay that way.
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Re: Question about alder

Postby Ian S » Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:29 pm

Thanks for that, Robin!

Must say that despite the fact that the stuff has a 'twist' running all the way through it, Alder is nice stuff to carve!
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Re: Question about alder

Postby RichardLaw » Thu Jun 03, 2010 9:06 pm

Seems a little churlish to disregard the way this wood 'bleeds' for you. There are lots of white woods if you want one. Alder was regarded as a cursed timber for showing red and for that devious way of holding on to its leaves until they fell off green. I agree though, great or carving green (then red). Good for clog soles too.
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