For centuries White Ash (Fraxinus americana L.)
has been known as the standard wood for tools used under stress
- oars, canoe paddles, baseball bats, hockey sticks, axe handles,
hammer handles, peavey handles, snaths.
White Ash is lighter than other common “tool” woods.
It has high strength and durability. One of its great advantages
is that it is flexible and bends under stress long before it breaks.
Other woods may be stronger but are more brittle. Ash’s limberness
keeps much of the shock of mowing, especially brush scything, from
reaching the mower. The heartwood of the white ash is brown, and
the sapwood is light-colored or nearly white. Cutting a snath blank
along the line between heartwood and sapwood leads to some beautiful
patterns of brown and white.
Density of common “handle” woods @ 12% moisture, from
the lightest to the heaviest:
- Ash – 42 lb/cu ft
- Sugar Maple – 44 lb/cu ft
- White Oak – 45 lb/cu ft
- Shagbark Hickory - 50 lb/cu ft
Perry Maine Snaths weigh an average of 2-1/2 lbs. Mount our 26”
Scythe Supply standard grass blade on the snath and the total weight
of the scythe is only 3-1/2 lbs. With our heaviest bush blade that
weight is still only 4-1/2 lbs. Some other snaths alone weight that
much or more.