Ash Wood Species

While White Ash has always enjoyed wide-spread use for industrial products where hardness, shock resistance, stability and strength were important, its acceptance for architectural woodworking is increasing. It is open grained and has a strong and pronounced grain pattern. The heartwood is light tan or brown and its sapwood creamy white. Color contrast between the two is minor and its blond effect makes it particularly appealing when a light or near natural finish is desired. Finished with darker tones it presents a very forthright, honest and virile effect. Its cost is moderate to high and it is readily available in lumber form. In veneered form some size limitation may be experienced but it can be easily produced on special order.

Ash wood species

"Guide to Wood Species", Copyright (C) 1977, Architectural Woodwork Institute.