Ash is somewhat similar to oak and is susceptible to similar stained effects. It is used frequently for interior woodwork and for the cheaper grades of cabinet work. It is widely distributed over the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and is also found in the tropics and on the island of Cuba. There is a tradition of old Pliny's time that serpents avoid ash trees and that the ash is particularly liable to be struck by lightning.


Plate CXVIII. Ash.

Ash is coarser, less attractive, and lighter than oak. It is open grain and therefore requires filling for rubbed or polished finishes. The various species are white, brown, black, and southern green ash. The grain of ash wood is not as attractive as oak, but when properly stained, its beauty is much intensified. White and black ash are used most frequently for interior finish. Ash may be filled with Transparent Filler and finished natural (specification 12); it also lends itself admirably to staining and can be treated in mission or waxed finish. Its proper working specifications are as follows: Natural finish (specification 12); rubbed finish (specification 14); waxed finish (specification 10); mission finish (specification 9).