Alder is a relatively “soft” hardwood characterized by its warm tone and quiet grain pattern. Though it displays an “even” grain appearance, its softer nature makes it quite receptive to a wide variety of stains and finishes. Generally consistent in color, its heartwood may exhibit darker brown hues with shades of red. Like many closed-grain wood species, Alder reacts to light and will have a tendency to darken over time. (Light Distress is highly recommended when using Alder.).