Description: Ash is known as the wood of choice for baseball bats. It has good overall strength and provides wear and shock resistance. It is heavy, hard, durable, and has large pores. Because of its large pores it takes finish very well. Ash has a very similar grain to that of Red Oak, straight and open. It works well with machine and hand tool. A stained Ash Wood Countertop is a very economical alternative to Wenge.
Alternate Trade Names: American Ash, White Ash, Canadian Ash, Green Ash, Red Ash, Black Ash, Brown Ash
Origin: Canada and USA
Color: White-tan to pale yellow, light to medium brown
Grain: Straight and open grain
Janka Hardness: 1320
Ash Facts: It typically grows to be about 80 to 120 feet (25 to 36 meters) in height. The trunk typically grows to be about 2 to 5 feet (0.6 to 1.5 meters) in diameter. Ash is used for making quality furniture, such as wood countertops, but can also be used for lobster traps, firewood, snow shoes, flooring, hockey sticks, ceiling fan blades, baseball bats for Major League Baseball, garden tool handles, oars and paddles. Ash was once used for food bowls because it has no significant odor or taste. It has a natural oil content that is chemically similar to olive oil. Irish folklore claims that the shadow from an ash tree would damage their crops. In Europe they believed that snakes were repelled by ash leaves and circles drawn with ash branches. The Morgan Motor Company of Great Britain manufactures sports cars with frames made of Ash wood.
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