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04-13-2021 03:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ash question

Picked up a few boards of Ash….although some have a grain pattern like this..

There is also a few boards like this…

Not sure what to call this grain…..any ideas?

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#1 posted 04-13-2021 03:49 PM

wavy –
There are probably no industry standards for what you may choose to call it.

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#2 posted 04-13-2021 03:52 PM

It looks more Curly than Quilted to me.

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#3 posted 04-13-2021 04:07 PM

The second one is just quarter sawn. An end grain shot will show you the top board is flat sawn, it’s split almost dead center. Might have had a weak pith.

The second one should show end grain almost at a right angle going straight up and down. Or QS as we know it. Something close to below.

The waves are just Black Ash, probably grew on a hillside, or some incline. I’ve heard them called correction lines. Tree kept trying to grow straight at the sun, but it’s angle wasn’t that direction. Sometimes it’s line for line, and matches the annual rings you see on the end grain.

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#4 posted 04-13-2021 04:07 PM

Sometimes in Maple get what I call rays? Seen similar in Birch.

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#5 posted 04-13-2021 04:14 PM

Slightly figured.

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#6 posted 04-13-2021 05:01 PM

I one time bought some quarter sawn cherry thinking it would be super cool looking like QSWO, but at best it was kind of like your pictures, just a little wavy and “fuzzy” but nowhere near as cool as other species.

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#7 posted 04-13-2021 06:10 PM

I’d call it “wavy” but I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone call it curly. I’ve bought “curly” cherry that’s not too different from your second piece.

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#8 posted 04-14-2021 04:27 PM

planes nicely, enough..

End grain views…

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#9 posted 04-15-2021 08:04 PM

Flat sawn?

More like a problem child….

Trimmed off one end….where things were trying to split…

Only needed 4’....which stopped right about here…

Out of this plank…handsaw?

Disston D-112, 26”, 7ppi….

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#10 posted 04-23-2021 06:36 PM

definitely not quilted

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