Ash is a type of hardwood that is actually part of the olive family. American ash is gray-brown in color and European ash is creamy white to light brown. Ash is an excellent wood for bending and is used extensively for furniture parts and products such as bent umbrella handles and bent parts for boat building. It is an excellent wood for turning objects such as tool handles, baseball bats, shovel and ax handles because it is very hard and resilient. It is also a good dowel wood and is used for poles, bars, broomsticks and ladder rungs. Because it is tasteless, it is also often used to turn wood bowls. It is also used as the body of acoustic and electric guitars.