Rusticity By-The-Wood Series : The Ash
Posted on Saturday, January 21 2017 12:00:00 AM in Blog by Abhishek Jindal
The White Ash (scientifically known as the Fraxinus americana) is a variety of hardwood timber commonly found throughout eastern North America. As an evergreen tree, it grows up to 65-120 feet and has a lifespan of about 200-300 years. The tree is habitat to nuthatch birds and woodpeckers. Ash wood is one of the strongest hardwoods, used by early cultures for baskets and tool handles. Ash is an elastic hardwood that can be shaped easily.
The colour of the White Ash typically varies from a white-ish to a light-brown hue.
The wood of the White Ash is coarse, but with a light, regular and straight grain.
Being one of the strongest hardwoods, the White Ash wood is commonly used in flooring, millwork, boxes/crates, baseball bats, tool handles, hockey sticks, billiard cues, skis, oars and turnings, etc. Due to its excellent shock resistance, ash wood is very popular for tools such as shovels and hammers, where toughness and impact resistance is important.
Ash wood is known to be susceptible to insect attacks. It is commonly graded as perishable to slightly durable.
RUSTICITY FUN ‘FACT’ORS
In Norse mythology, ash is commonly referred to as "the mighty tree that supports the heavens" and "below earth its roots went down to hell."
Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste.
Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions and early windmills were made from this species.