||Black Ash (Fraxinus nigra)
||Also known as brown ash, swamp ash, basket ash, and hoop ash.
||Grows in United States and Canada.
||Generally straight grained with a coarse texture. Grayish brown heartwood and light brown sapwood.
||Moderately heavy and hard with medium strength, stiffness, and shock resistance. Softer, weaker and lighter than white ash. Poor resistance to abrasion and decay. Good stability in service. Steam-bends exceptionally well.
||Works well with hand or machine tools – easier than other ashes. Marginal turning and mortising properties. Glues satisfactorily. Holds nails and screws well but pre-drilling recommended. Stains and finishes well.
||Used for interior trim, furniture (bent parts especially), basket weaving (splits easily along annual rings), dowels, plywood, and decorative veneer.
||White ash is a better choice than black ash for applications such as tool handles where strength is important.