Ash wood is a type of hardwood that is part of the olive family. American ash is gray-brown in color and European ash is creamy white to light brown. According to Ash tree facts, there are 45 to 65 species of ash trees that can be found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Ash trees grow in cool and warm climates, on the moist, well-drained soil in areas that provide enough direct sunlight. Ash is an excellent wood for bending.

Ash wood

It is used extensively in various applications:

  • Furniture parts
  • Products such as bent umbrella handles
  • Bent parts for boat building

It is an excellent wood for turning objects as well because it is very hard and resilient. Some examples of products that are made from ash include, but are not limited to:

  • Tool handles
  • Baseball bats
  • Shovel handles
  • Axe handles

Ash is also a good dowel wood. Some examples of this application include, but are not limited to:

  • Poles
  • Bars
  • Broomsticks
  • Ladder rungs

Another interesting fact about Ash wood is that because it is tasteless, it is also often used to turn wood bowls. It is also commonly used to manufacture the body of both acoustic and electric guitars.

According to the old Viking legend, Yggdrasil, also known as the Tree of the World, touches hell with its roots and heaven with its crown. Vikings also believed that the mythological god Odin created the first man on earth using the ash tree.

To learn more about various wood species, visit our wood species page.

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