When I completed another project, I was left with a few dozen strips of ash about 1/8″ x 1″ x 20″. I began experimenting with their strength and flexibility.
I bolted together a half-dozen strips and put them in a clamp, pushing the assembly to breaking point, as seen in this video.
These photos show the results from the experiment, as well as a seat I made using the ash strips woven together and inserted into a frame. The seat holds my weight and is quite comfortable.
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