Character / Color:
Although this specific tree is in the ash or fraxinius family, it has an unusual grain pattern that is unlike any other ash species. Tamo Ash is also known as Japanese ash, as it grows in Japan (unlike Spanish cedar, which is neither Spanish nor cedar). Woodworkers call the wildly swirly grain of this expensive wood “plateaux,” and its figure “peanut,” because it has 3-dimensional bubble-like areas that actually do look rather like a peanut or double-nut “goober” shell. It also produces another figure pattern that woodworkers typically call “waterfall.”

Furniture and interior woodwork, parquet and stairs, boat building