“The American Ash is a versatile and attractive hardwood with good strength properties, ideal for a vast range of interior applications.”
Other Common Names:
White Ash, American White Ash
Country of Origin:
Eastern and central North America
From Forest to Factory
The American Ash is a beautiful timber which is very versatile and offers an excellent shock resistance. Common applications include:
- Architectural interiors
- High-end joinery and mouldings
- Panelling in the form of veneers
- Tool handles
- Sports goods
The American Ash is the trade name for various subspecies of ash that come from the United States. The trees grow commonly throughout the eastern part of the country and can reach up to 30 metres tall, with a trunk of 1.5 metres in diameter.
The timber or veneer from the American Ash is available in a wide range of grades and specifications. The sapwood is very pale, and the heartwood varies from a greyish brown to light brown, or a pale yellow with brown streaks. The texture is medium to coarse and similar to oak.
The grain is mostly always straight with a uniform texture, though it can sometimes be slightly curly. The American Ash can also be polished to a very high finish.