Roasted Ash (Fraxinus americana)
Eastern North America
Some difficulty to source
The torrefaction process gives the wood a uniform chocolate brown colour and the grain is quite coarse and strikes a strong resemblance to oak. Usually fairly straight-grained, you occasionally will find curly or figured boards.
Roasted White Ash works really well with both hand and power tools and it takes both glue and finish well.
White Ash has many uses including flooring, millwork, furniture and baseball bats. It also makes fantastic tool handles.
Due to the emerald ash borer, hundreds of millions of ash trees have been decimated. Because of this, White Ash is starting to disappear from lumber yards and forests alike.