Burl ash wood is considered stronger than regular ash and resistant to splitting. Disadvantages. Woodworkers often find burl ash prone to drying and cracking. Gum pockets and bark inclusions can cause surface defects. Uses. Burl ash wood is commonly used for burl treen, or small household items made from burl. It is also used for veneer, decorative accents and furniture inlay.
Burl wood is the wood that is harvested from that growth, and it holds hidden treasures of unusual design. Burls result in a uniquely patterned wood, which is highly prized for its beauty. It is valued and sought after by artists, furniture makers and sculptors.