Gunwales Question


I am refurbishing my old canoe and I am going to put some Ash gunwales on it.

Someone told me that I need to make sure it is “bending ash” but when I contacted the nearby lumber yard, they said that they have northern ash.

Does anyone here know if bending ash is real, if northern ash will work, if I will be able to do it without steaming the wood, etc.

Thank you all very much,

Around here Fraxinus species are called white, green, and black. All three have wood that is hard and flexible and will do the job.

Find a piece with grain as parallel to the edges of the board as you can find. You will probably have to rip your own strips. Emerald ash borer may make your search difficult.

White ash will conform to the sheer curvature of most canoes without any need for steaming or other such measures. As was said, straight grain ash is best, if you can find it.

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Thank you,

This helps greatly.