Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Knotty Alder Shutters

Our Georgian Lodge shutters are made with premium Knotty Alder hardwood. In recent years Knotty Alder has surged in popularity in the building industry. Craftsmen now use Knotty Alder to make furniture, kitchen cabinets, shutters, and mouldings. The Georgian Lodge shutters are typically stained because of the nice grain structure and the rustic knots that give Knotty Alder its character. It is due to this unique and beautiful grain structure, as well as the availability and relative inexpensiveness (when compared to other hardwoods) of Knotty Alder, that it has steadily grown to become the most popular hardwood used in stained applications.

Knotty Alder’s natural grain color can vary from the light to the medium brownish-red. We recommend choosing a stain color that is as dark or darker then the natural color of Knotty Alder. If your décor requires a light stain you might consider our Colonial shutters built with Basswood which has a lighter grain. Our representatives can help you determine the perfect stain for your shutters that fits your style and décor. Because the natural grain structure of Knotty Alder can vary from light to medium to dark most of our customers choose to use a 4 ½” louver which allows them a wider blade that will show off more of the grain structure and characteristics of the wood then the smaller blades do. Knotty Alder is also more on the contemporary side of the decorating scale which lends itself more to the 4 ½” louver.

Our Georgian Lodge shutter is a great choice and with builders frequently using Knotty Alder in home construction it seems natural to have the shutters built with the same species in order to preserve the uniform look and feel of your home. No matter what the application the Georgian Lodge is a fine choice.

Because stain grade shutters allow the natural grain of the wood to show through the finish it is important to choose a hardwood that best matches the grain patterns of the wood in your home. The Georgian Lodge shutter made with Knotty Alder has a more rustic, knotty grain which is closer to the contemporary, new age, and western decorating styles.

The characteristic knots which define the Georgian Lodge shutter can be clearly seen in these pictures. The natural grains and the accenting knots make wonderful additions to any décor.