Rustic Alder is a soft hardwood with a fine, straight grain and even texture. Its color is light brown with a yellow or reddish tinge. When you compare Rustic Alder’s heartwood with its sapwood, there is insignificant color difference. Rustic Alder does not evolve as much in color, or darken when exposed to light or heat, as other woods do. Rustic Alder takes stains and finishes well. It is one of the softest hardwoods, so it can be damaged easily. Rustic Alder will have “character” spots (knots, burls, blemishes, etc.) on the center panels, and they may also be on the stiles and rails on the door and drawer fronts, which could impact hardware placement. Knots, if they appear, will be sound and will be closed. At certain angles, light could be visible through the knot. Due to natural variations inherent to the species, stains on Rustic Alder will not produce a single, perfectly uniform color tone. Sometimes there will be regions of moderate to intense color variation, even within a single piece of Rustic Alder. This is considered to be due to the natural variation inherent to wood, and is part of wood’s natural beauty.