In our diverse and extensive experience, we've found that there are many reasons why customers and furniture makers choose to use a certain product or material and for us, when it comes to using ash as a wood for furniture making, the decision is shockingly easy.
We've listed below just some of the reasons that we believe and we're told why ash makes such a superb base material for our furniture along with the characteristics of the trees which produce this classy and versatile material.
Reasons for Popularity
Many of our customers already know that they're looking for ash furniture when they come to us because they're already aware of its properties, value and impressive appeal. It's one of the few woods that we have to recommend or suggest. In addition to its signature appearance of long contours, it has a strength which is almost unparalleled among its peers, save for oak which it sometimes acts as a substitute for.
Furthermore, it has a flexibility which means it is able to easily take weight without the brittleness which would cause lesser woods to bow or snap under pressure.
Ash is at its best when it is stained or waxed because this allows those signature contours, ridges and natural texture to shine through, and we may be biased here, but we think it lends itself superbly to larger items where those contours can truly be appreciated.
Finally, using ash as a material for any piece of furniture is a statement in style and class, and one which will last for years to come.
About Ash Trees
There are three types of ash wood and these come not surprisingly from three types of tree: black ash, green ash and white ash. Black ash is the slowest growing and its wood is split into layers as it grows and reaches maturity. Green and white ash are both extremely strong and can be told apart by the size of their leaves, with green having smaller leaves that white ash. Irrespective of the particular type of tree, ash wood is often light in colour and over time and age of the tree becomes a richer brown or yellow at its core. White ash is the exception to this as it starts out blonde and becomes more golden over time.
Although the grain of all three trees is coarse, it is also relatively straight.