tamo ash wood


Tamo Ash, Fraxinus mandshurica, is one of the world’s rarest and most beautiful figured hardwoods.  The figure is very similar to Quilted Maple, often appearing to be spheres of Ash pressed together to make a solid piece.  It is mostly found in veneers because when identified in the log veneer dealers go into bidding wars to purchase it.  Hearne Hardwoods occasionally finds small lots of solids, but they sell quickly.

  • One of the most extraordinary and rare figure patterns found in any species
  • A member of the Oleaceae family
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Characteristics of Tamo Ash

Origin of Wood Type Japan
Botanical Name Fraxinus mandshurica
Specific Gravity 0.50
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.25 lb
Color Range White – Gold – Beige – Brown
Rarity / Availability High Figure Very Rare – Call for Availability 1.610.932.7400  /  1.888.814.0007
Typical Avg. Width 4 – 12″
Typical Avg. Length 6 – 8′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Marquetry, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Veneer and more
Lumber Grades Common and Better
Other Trade Names Japanese Ash, Manchurian Ash, Damo, Shioji, Yachidama