Area of distribution (see: European Ash). As far as Olive Ash is concerned this is not a botanical species in its own right. The name refers only to the coloring of the wood. If the tree develops a heart, it is not shaped the normal way but shows as dark brown stripes alternating with the yellowish-white stripes of the other zones. This makes the wood decorative in character, particularly when the stripes are very regular.
Decorative veneer for interiors.
Extremely decorative as a result of the change between dark and white annual ring zones. Not to be mistaken for the Olive Ash having no white annual ring zones.
Ash can be easily and well worked with all tools. Coarse grown logs tend to split down on planed edges. Surfaces turn out very smooth.
Drying should be carried out at moderate temperatures and not too quickly. There is only a slight tendency to warp. Surface checking is a very seldom occurrence.
Ash is suitable for all kinds of surface finishes, above all for colored stains which cause no problems in their use.
Glue is well taken by Ash and provides very durable joints. Pre-drilled screw joints are recommended.