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#1 posted 01-11-2019 05:27 AM

The Emerald Ash borer that causes the death of the Ask trees is done when Mom lays eggs, usually in the creases in an Ash trees bark. When they hatch, they start eating the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Tree dies, once dead they quit using the tree, and the young exit their family restaurant at 1 to 2 years. Once dead you could transport the beetles still inside the tree, and potentially spread the insect. This is why you sometimes see the moving of them prohibited. The wood is safe to use, and if you keep it near other species you won’t have a problem, as they seem to like Ash.

North Carolina has a good info page here.

Another good site.

As far as using Ash, it machines very well, is quite hard, yet has a bit of elasticity. Think Ball bats, tool handles, like shovels, axes. For furniture it’s open grain looks a lot like Oak, works a little better than Oak, finishes well, and has been one of America’s most used trees. Lately prices are getting weird, some sellers using the “there won’t be any more Ash” This isn’t a known fact. Anyhow using that panic selling I have heard of $20 per bd/ft, which is crazy money. One of the best reasons Ash is so popular is it’s always been quite affordable. Always less than $4.00 bd/ft.

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