American White Ash is a course grained, medium density hardwood, ring porous like Oak but white. It works well and turns well, the surface will be course needing sanding sealer or grain filler. Lends itself to grain filling techniques such as metalic or coloured wax.
Steamed Beech is European grown and processed in Germany, it is a low cost timber but is lovely to work and comes up nice. The steaming process turns the wood from white to pink. Ideal for beginners but popular with everyone