Description: There is little difference in color between the heartwood and sapwood color-wise; ranging from a light to medium brown color. The distinction between the two is often not clearly distinguishable. Ash has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak, with the grain almost always straight and regular. Sometimes curly or figured boards can be found. White Ash is renowned for its excellent shock resistance.
Workability: Produces good results with hand or machine tools. Responds well to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well. When stained, ash can look very similar to oak.
Common Uses: Along with hickory, ash is one of the most commonly used hardwoods for tool handles in North America—particularly in shovels and hammers where toughness and impact resistance is important. Ash along with hickory own the marketplace for wood baseball bats, hockey sticks, oars. It is also used in furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling.
Thicknesses: 4/4 and 8/4″
Widths: 4″ through 10″
Lengths: 8′ and 10′
Surfacing: Skip planed