Wood Turning & Fine Craft Tools by Cynthia D. Haney, Spindle Maker
Made with curly ash wood. Wood names can be confusing. Usually I can point to the tree for all the local lumber. While Curly Ash is a domestic hardwood there is no easy way to identify it in tree from. Let me clear things up ash without the curly distinction is a native North American hardwood. Two species Fraxinus pennsylvanica and Fraxinus americana grow locally and either can be the source of my lumber. However not every ash tree will have curly lumber. The curl forms due to irregular growth patterns. In extreme cases you might see a ripple in the bark following the curl. Ash has an additional challenge in the Emerald Ash Borer. An insect not native to the US, it is destroying the ash population. This is makes ash lumber increasingly rare. I bought nice Curly Ash when I had the chance a few years ago. I save my supply for special projects. Taking first priority for spindle shafts with the areas with straight enough grain. A challenge as pretty curl often has very jumbled grain. Shop using filters if desired.