American Ash

This timber remains consistently popular.


Ash is non-durable and perishable. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder post and the common furniture beetle; the heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment; the sapwood is permeable. American Ash is a strong wood with notable shock resistance.

Mechanical Properties:

Timber bending properties are variable, but generally very good, although not tolerant of pin knots in steam bending. The wood has good strength, elasticity, toughness, stiffness and hardness qualities allied to its relatively light weight. Excellent shock resistance (see footnote).


The timber dries fairly rapidly with little degrade, and small movement in service.


  • Cabinet work, interior joinery.
  • All species used in plywood manufacture and also selected logs sliced into decorative veneers for furniture and panelling.
  • American Ash is also used in flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, and other turned objects such as tool handles.
  • It is good for steam bending, and is predominantly used for interior furnishings, joinery, and sporting goods.
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Greyish-brown in colour and slightly darker than the other species. This timber which remains consistently popular. Generally straight grained and coarse but even textured. weighs 670 kg/m³ (35 lb/ft³); specific gravity is .56.

Additional information

Latin Name

Fraxinus Americana, L

Family Name



USA and Canada

Also know as

black ash, brown ash (USA)