Elder - Alder

Two small Elder spoons resting on supports of Alder.

This is two species that are very common where I live. Both deciduous trees and soft hardwoods and both has a long tradition of use.  Back in the times where everyone had a private spoon  Elder Wood was the preferred wood to make spoons, it was easy to carve when moist and get tough and hard when dry. Alder is waterproof and will harden under Water. It has been used for waterpipes and wooden shoes.

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The Elder and Alder goes well together, they are familiar with each other  and I want to be intimate acquainted with both.