Botanical Name: Fraxinusamericana
Source: Eastern North America
Descriptions: The heartwood is a light to medium brown color. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood. Has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found.
Air-Dry-Density: Approx. 675 Kg/ m3
Defects: Heartwood is rated as perishable, or only slightly durable in regard to decay. Ash is also not resistant to insect attack.
Durability: Ashwood is rated as strong, hard and very durable, without being excessively heavy. It is also decay resistance, though it is susceptible to insect attack.
Uses: it 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. Also for flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.