Debbie I love a nice piece of ash! I was able to take some trees (maybe a dozen or two) out of a grove coming down a few years back. Trimmed out upper story of house with it, wood ceiling, and some small projects. Dries nice, easy to work, takes stain well, love it. Just used some for ledge in basement last week, looked real nice.
Lots of people say it’s Better then oak. Not sure if this is true or not but where I’m from it’s a bit cheaper then oak and is just as a durable as oak. I’m actually like the grain more in ash then oak, but that’s just my opinion. I used mostly ash for the rifle cabinet I built.
I agree with those above about its utility and work-ability. My only concern is when working with staining Ash. It tends to “blotch” unevenly, so you have to be aware of this characteristic and use appropriate seals to minimize the blotching.
Although, this blotching characteristic, when used correctly, can really add a 3D quality to large boards/surfaces. Just my 2-cents…