American ash

American ash

General description

Heart wood is grey-brown, sometimes tinged with red. Greyish-brown in colour and slightly darker than other species. Generally straight grained and coarse but even textured.

Mechanical properties

Wood bending properties are variable, but generally very good, although not tolerant of pin knots in steam bending. The wood has good strength, elasticity, toughness, stiffness and hardness qualities allied to its relatively light weight. Excellent shock resistance.


The timber dries fairly with little degrade, and small movement in service.

Working properties

There is moderate blunting effect on tools, but can be worked satisfactorily with both hand and machine tools. Per-boring necessary when nailing the harder species. It glues, stains and polishes well.


Ash is non durable and perishable. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder post and the common furniture beetle. The hardwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment; the sapwood is permeable.


White ash is the famous sports’ ash and used for all types of sport equipment, bats cues, oars, handles for skirting tools, spades, forks, hoes, etc; vent parts for boat building; vehicle bodies, church pews, shop fitting and high class joinery. Used for same purpose non skirting tool handles. Cabinet work, interior joinery. All species used in plywood manufacturer and also selected logs sliced into decorative veneers for furniture paneling.