That does look like Ash. I also see those little bug holes-could be the EAB.
Thank You Bill, yeah, I noticed the holes too.That does look like Ash. I also see those little bug holes-could be the EAB.
Thank You Les!It probably is ash. Those bug holes could have a problem unless the wood was kiln dried after they occurred. If the pieces you are going to use are small enough I would put them in the microwave oven to heat the wood up and kill any that might still be there. Or, a clear plastic bad set in the hot sun light for a couple of hours. It takes 140 degrees + for about an hour to kill them. They are most likely powder post beetles.
Ash borer larva live in the cambium layer just under the bark and leave random curving tunnels between the bark and the wood.
I didn't get a whole lot of aroma when cutting sticks and segments but when I microwaved the segments before gluing them up, I did get a powerful aroma…..very pleasant and vaguely familiar. Now I "got" the smell…..thanks again.It looks like ash to me, also.
I have found that ash has a distinct aroma when being worked, so one suggestion is to get a piece that is known to be ash, experience the aroma, and then compare to your unknown wood.