Ash

General Info and Benefits

Ash - Fraxinus Americana

General Description
• Sapwood is light-colored to nearly white
• Heartwood varies from greyish or light brown to pale yellow streaked with brown
• Generally straight-grained with a coarse, uniform texture

Physical Properties
• Very good overall strength vs. weight properties
• Has excellent shock resistance and is good for steam bending
• Janka Rating System = 1200

Where It Grows
• Throughout the Eastern U.S.
• White ash trees range in height from 80 to 120 feet with diameter from 2 to 5 feet

Relative Abundance
• 4.6 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available
• Readily available

Did You Know?
• Before man-made materials, ash was preferred for tennis racquets
• Used for making lobster traps
• Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions
• A popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste
  • Ash Select
    Ash Select
    Featuring a moderately open grain pattern, Ash Select displays colors ranging from cream to a very light brown heartwood with lighter colored sapwood. Though some color variation and mineral may be allowed on the face, Ash Select has a reduced allowance for small closed knots, and pin knots.
  • Ash Finish Grade
    Ash Finish Grade
    Ash Finish Grade is designed to be used when having your products finished by Decore-ative Specialties. With Finish Grade materials you will receive the material option that best suits the look you have selected, whether you choose a natural, stain, shader, or paint finish. As a result, the amount of natural color or grain may vary depending on the selected finish.
  • Ash Natural
    Ash Natural
    Featuring a moderately open grain pattern, Ash Natural displays colors ranging from cream to a very light brown heartwood with lighter colored sapwood. This material has an allowance for small closed knots, pin knots, and some mineral, along with color and grain variation.
  • Ash
    Ash
    Ash features colors ranging from a cream to light brown heartwood with wide, lighter colored sapwood. The grain structure is somewhat open, resembling Oak. Mineral streaking may be present on the face, though there is a reduced allowance for other natural defects like knots.