Are you looking for top quality timber for your next DIY project? Then we at Vetraland Selective Timber would recommend American white ash. American white ash has never reached the fame of other timbers like Oak or Walnut but that’s a real shame because American white ash is an amazing choice for your home. 

American White Ash

Much like oak and walnut, American white ash is a durable and strong hardwood that can be used in a variety of different projects, which is what makes it so useful for all sorts of projects and ideas. It is often used to create furniture, joinery, panelling, flooring, tool handles, and baseball bats. This means that it is often in high demand, even if it’s not something that many people consider all the time. American white ash is particularly popular because of its colour, which is quite unique as far as timber goes. 

What colour is American white ash?

American white ash is, as the name suggests, quite pale. It often comes as a nearly white colour that suits a slightly colder, minimalist aesthetic. Of course, this will vary from timber to timber, but for the most part, American white ash is very light brown to a greyish white colour, though it can also be streaked with a brownish colour at times. Its colour is one of the best things about this specific timber, particularly as it is quite unique in the hardwood sector. If you’re looking for something that will make a gentle statement in your home then something made of American white ash will be a great choice for you. If you’re looking to make something a little different, then don’t be afraid to give it a try, especially as the pale, minimalist aesthetic is all the rage at the moment. 

What makes it so great?

Aside from the colour, American white ash is great because it responds so well to being machined and worked by hand. This means that it will be a great choice for whatever DIY you’re planning, particularly if this is one of your first ever projects. A forgiving timber, American white ash is easy to stain and finish, giving a bright, polished look, no matter how many mistakes you made during the creation process. 

Are there any issues?

All this being said about American white ash, there are a few concerns that should be considered when choosing your timber. American white ash is not resistant to heartwood decay and it’s sapwood is liable to being attacked by powder posts and the common furniture beetle. This means that it often requires a lengthy amount of work to keep it looking so good. While there is a lot of work involved in the maintenance of this timber, it is still a great choice for your home and aesthetic, particularly as there are great preserve treatments available.

Want to know more?

If you’re interested in speaking to us about our American white ash or any of the other timbers that we sell at Vetraland Selective Timber, then feel free to get in contact with us today on 020 8858 6441 or email us at