White Ash(Fraxinusamericana)Color/Appearance:The heartwood is a light brown color to white, though darker shades can also be seen, which is sometimes sold as Olive Ash. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood.
Grain/Texture:Has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found.
Rot Resistance:Heartwood is rated as perishable, or only slightly durable in regard to decay. Ash is also not resistant to insect attack.
Workability:Produces good results with hand and machine tools. It responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains and finishes well.
Pricing/Availability:Ash is among the least expensive utility hardwoods available ; it should compare similarly to oak in terms of price.