Light colored and grainy, ranging from yellowish-beige in the sapwood to light brownish in the heartwood, the ash wood is an excellent choice for fine furniture. On the face-grain, it usually shows swirls and ovals very clearly delineated; on the edge-grain it shows long and straight stripes. When a clear finish is applied, an orangey or pinkish hue can arise which will later turn into amber tones. The wood has excellent hardness, elasticity and shock resistance (ash wood being the traditional material for baseball bats) and yet, it is light- to medium-weight. The wood takes the stain very well; just as the red oak, ash wood stained to a dark color makes a very good and more economical substitute to the popular but pricey wenge wood.