What do Venice and Clogs have in common, the Alder Tree.


Alder, which belongs to the Birch family, is very resistant to decay under water and was used for water pipes, pumps, troughs, small boats and piles under bridges and houses. In fact, much of Venice is built on alder piles. The two other main uses of alder wood are charcoal and for making clogs. Clogs made from alder wood were light, easy to wear and absorbed shocks well.

Alder cones



Magnoliophyta: Magnoliopsida: Hamamelididae: Fagales: Betulaceae: Alnus Mill: Alnus glutinosa