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ASH BARRE RED OAK BARRE
HARD MAPLE BARRE

Barres most commonly used when budget is tight.

Most commonly used in old school ballet Example of companies using this type of barre: ABT

Modern looking barre.  Example of Companies using this type of barre: Alvin Ailey School


Length Available:
Any Desired Length Any Desired Length Any Desired Length
Barre Diameter:

1 5/8"

1 5/8" or 2"

1 5/8" or 2"

Finish    

Comes Unfinished

Can be stained to a very good finish. It dries fairly easily with minimal degrade.

Comes Unfinished

It can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. It dries slowly.

Comes Unfinished

It can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. It dries slowly.

Physical Properties

Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has excellent shock resistance.

Pre-drilling is recommended when nailing and screwing.

The wood is hard and heavy, with medium bending strength and stiffness and high crushing strength.  Great wear-resistance.

Pre-drilling is recommended when nailing and screwing.

The wood is hard and heavy with good strength properties, in particular its high resistance to abrasion and wear. It also has good steam-bending properties.

Pre-drilling is recommended when nailing and screwing.

Characteristics
The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform texture. The degree and availability of light-colored sapwood, and other properties, will vary according to the growing regions. The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture The wood has a close fine, uniform texture and is generally straight-grained, but it can also occur as "curly," "fiddleback," and "birds-eye" figure.
Main Use:    
Ballet Barres, Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, baseball bats, hockey sticks, skis, oars and turnings.

Ballet Barres, Furniture, flooring, architectural millwork and mouldings, doors, kitchen cabinets, paneling and caskets.

Ballet Barres, Flooring, furniture, paneling, ballroom and gymnasium floors, kitchen cabinets, worktops, table tops, butchers blocks, toys, kitchenware and millwork: stairs, handrails, mouldings, and doors.

Price

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Interesting Facts

Norse mythology refers to ash as "the mighty tree that supports the heavens" and "below earth its roots went down to hell." Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from ash during his polar expeditions and early windmills were made from this species.

The Latin name for oak, Quercus, means "a fine tree." The oaks have been key in America's industrial transformation: railroad ties, wheels, plows, looms, barrels and, of course, furniture and floors. The oak is the state tree of New Jersey.

A single sugar maple tree produces up to 12 gallons of sap a year.

The hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia. In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter, the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source of maple syrup. It may take up to 30 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Early American settlers used maple ashes to make soap and Native Americans crafted their spears from hard maple. Until the turn of the century, the heels of women's shoes were made from maple. Maple has been a favorite of American furniture makers since early Colonial days. Hard maple is the standard wood for cutting boards because it imparts no taste to food and holds up well.