White Ash Block WA-186 2.5" x 2.5" x 10"

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White Ash Block WA-186
2-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 10"
2 lbs.

This is another nice 2-1/2 inch square end-grain block of Texas White Ash. The color is an overall light to slightly pinkish brown. The grain pattern is strong and linear, with a single small, black-stained bug hole on one side.

It was cut from very close to the pith of the log and, while that pith lies outside the block, one prominent but very thin and tight, pith-related crack is present along one edge. Viewed from one end (top photo, upper right corner of the end-grain face) this crack is very shallow and in that area and at least a portion of the remaining edge, will turn off as the block is roughed to round. But, at the other end (bottom photo, end-grain face), it is ~1-1/2" deep and will have to be considered. It being an old (not active) and very tight crack, I would simply reinforce it with thin CA glue before turning. In addition, there is a second small and tight crack on a short portion of one other edge (top photo, lower-right corner, but only faintly visible). Being short, shallow and confined to that edge, this crack will turn off immediately as the blank is rounded. I see no other cracks, checks or other flaws.