Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)


Softer and lighter in weight than it cousin white ash, black ash is similar in many ways. Black ash season well without much degrade, works and turns easily and finish well. Black ash trees do not generally grow as large and white ash as such is not often available commercially (or at least not marketed and sold separately). The wood of black ash tends to have a slight green or olive hue over the yellow/blond tones. Like white ash, black ash has been ravaged by the invasion of the emerald ash borer. Black ash is also known as basket ash as Native Americans and early settlers would pound riven bullets to delaminate grow rings into strips that could be woven in to baskets.

Also known as:
  • Swamp Ash
  • Basket Ash

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