Furniture woods........... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary


Ash is rather lighter colored than oak, but is sometimes used in connection with it. It is less likely to split.

The American ash is a cream-colored hardwood with oak-like graining. It was much used for furniture parts, such as upholstery frames where strong, but not heavy, wood was desired.

In England, It was used in 18th century furniture, particularly for the hooped backs of Windsor chairs.

Photos below are not necessarily accurate to scale or color

Polished or treated with paraffin
Hofmobiliendepot Imperial Furniture Collection,Vienna, Austria. On display in 2005.

See also: laminated ..... veneered ..... inlay ..... marquetry

Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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