Fraxinus nigra, the black ash, is a species of ash native to much of eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, from western Newfoundland west to southeastern Manitoba, and south to Illinois and northern Virginia. Formerly abundant, as of 2014 the species is threatened with near total extirpation throughout its range, as a result of infestation by a parasitic insect known as the emerald ash borer.
Preparing black ash is very labor intensive. You must first obtain the log. Strip the log of its bark and then pound the log to separate and remove the layers. Each layer represents one year of growth. These growth rings are only the beginning of the process.
Once we have this raw splint it will be sanded, sorted and resorted for its best use. As soon as we have decided where the splint is to be used it will be sorted again before it sees the knives for slitting to width. You can see below there are many categories to choose from.
Black Ash Splint is a premier weaving material!
Shaker Splint - Satin One Side - Sanded Other Side