Ash is a type of hardwood that is actually part of the olive family.  American ash is gray-brown in color and European ash is creamy white to  light brown. Ash is an excellent wood for bending and is used extensively for  furniture parts and products such as bent umbrella handles and bent parts for  boat building. It is an excellent wood for turning objects such as tool  handles, baseball bats, shovel and ax handles because it is very hard and  resilient. It  is also a good dowel wood and is used for poles, bars, broomsticks and ladder rungs. Because it is tasteless, it is also often used to turn wood bowls. It is  also used as the body of acoustic and electric guitars.