The sad truth is that there is a glut of Ash at the sawmills, and soon, there will be none. The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species from Asia, has decimated Pennsylvania’s stately Ash population. The forests won’t be the same. Ash has been razed at a phrenetic pace to try to reduce the spread of the beetle to no avail.
None the less, I took advantage of some of the fateful windfall and had some ash milled specifically for kayak coamings and coracles. Here’s one of the logs being cut and loaded.
Pennsylvania has some of the most biodiverse forests in the nation. I strive to include many of the wonderful hardwoods into our boats. Traditional boat building often reflects the available materials, as well as the functional demands in a region. Blue Juniata is no different.