About Ash Wood

Introduction

Ash is a light colored, smooth-grained hardwood. With its typical straight grain and beige-to-light-brown hue, ash wood is a very attractive option for fine furniture. It’s one of the most durable varieties and has an extensive history in furniture making. It is durable, lightweight, aesthetically pleasing, and absorbs wood stains well. Its characteristics as a lightweight and shock-resistant wood have made it a favorite making a splash in home furnishings, particularly in the mid-century modern style.

What Color is Ash Wood?

Unlike other trees which have large color variations between the innermost part of the tree (heartwood) and the outermost part of the tree (sapwood), it can sometimes be difficult to see where the line between the two is with ash. Overall, it’s quite light and tends to be various shades of beige which will darken slightly over time.

 

What Does the Grain Pattern of Ash Wood Look Like?

Ash wood almost always has a straight grain, though the conditions the tree grows in will occasionally create unique patterns. For example, if it’s strained or succumbs to a pest, that can impact the appearance of the grain. This is referred to as “figured wood.” For this reason, you’ll sometimes see curly or birdseye grain, among others. 

How to Care for Ash Furniture?

Ash wood can be finished in numerous ways, including varnish, wax, lacquer and oil. Each finish will require different care. That said, you’ll want to keep your ash furniture in a dry area and dust it regularly. It’s best to avoid commercial cleaners and polishes, which may damage the finish or make it sticky.