November 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #4: Hardwood Flooring Species: Ash

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Janka Hardness Scale Rating: 1320

White Ash comes from North America, and is perhaps best known for its use in baseball bats! It is this same elasticity and strength that makes ash a great choice for hardwood flooring. In addition to flooring, ash is commonly used to make fine furniture and tool handles.

You can expect the sapwood of white ash to be a creamy white; the heartwood can be light tan to dark brown. While the grain is most often straight, there can be an occasional wave within it. The texture is coarse, giving it a nice look for rustic rooms.

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