[NAFEX] alder wood rot resistant?
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Aug 31 09:22:17 EDT 2005
The alders here in Oregon sure aren't that rot resistant. Though they
do decay in odd ways here. I've seen chunks come apart in layers,
producing what are almost tubes as the inner part rotted out and left
an outer layer.
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On Aug 31, 2005, at 7:17 AM, Charles Paradise wrote:
I had always heard that black locust and chestnut woods were those
resistant to water if driven into the ground. This webpage claims
alder wood possesses the same rot resistance? Has anyone heard this
before? Is it true?
Alders have an extra-ordinary ability to resist the decaying influence
of water. Its timber is almost indefinitely rot proof in a wet
environment and its trunks are the foundation of much of the glory of
Venice and the graceful houses lining the canals of Amsterdam. Its
shiny leathery leaves resist the onslaught of the wet autumn and early
winter rains far better than any other deciduous tree. The leaves do
not colour in the autumn, just become darker and wither to brown or
black and often can be found on the branches as late as December! Its
tiny seeds have two corky wings, containing air bubbles, which helps
them to float on water in their search for a place to settle.
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