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AILANTHUS

Ailanthus altissima

Ailanthus altissima of the family Simaroubaceae, the quassia family

An urban tree (tree-of-heaven), planted worldwide (and a weed tree), this is a fairly light and quite porous wood with a strong grain pattern due to the large open pores. The tree is widely known as one of the fastest growing in the world and consequently it's common to see quite wide growth rings.



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of ailanthus / Ailanthus altissima --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of ailanthus / Ailanthus altissima --- HUGE enlargements are present. This was cut from one of the long planks down at the bottom of my samples


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


Ailanthus altissima
both sides and both ends of a sample piece


end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above --- this piece was moistened to get the rays to show up properly (dry, the colors did not separate enough) and that's the main reason for the orangish color.


both sides of a sample plank of ailanthus / Ailanthus altissima --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contribution to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


NOT A RAW WOOD COLOR --- both faces of this sample have a light coat of clear paste wax
both sides of a sample plank of tree of heaven / Ailanthus altissima --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


first face and the end grain of a sample of ailanthus. This part of a collection which is discussed here: COLLECTION B. This is one of the few samples in this collection that has additional information stamped in the reverse end, in this case an alternate spelling of the common name.


the second face, before and after slicing off 1/8" showing how the patina from aging is only surface deep.


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above.


planks and closeup


END GRAIN UPDATE of a sample cut from this plank and done just so I'd have another sample for the anatomy pages.


planks and closeup


planks and closeup


small plank, cut from the larger one above and sanded for the pic, and an end grain shot


end grain closeup and END GRAIN UPDATE of the piece directly above


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
ailanthus (Ailanthus glandulosus) from The Wood Book --- enlargement available for each of the 3 views



web pics:


log end and closeup, very nicely illustrating the wide growth rings (this is not known for sure to be ailanthus, but that was the concensus on a wood forum, and the wide growth rings are certainly indicative but the other possibility is mulberry)


planks


sets of planks from the same vendor --- these are the planks from which many of my own samples above are taken. The wood does not have any of the red that this vendor frequently has in his pics. As you can see up in my section, these pieces are more yellowish than orange-tinted.


turning stock


two views of a spalted bowl blank


vase and bowl


tree of heaven bowls turned and photographed by Tom Pleatman, whom I thank for these pics and other contributions to the site. Big enlargements are present.