I have a great piece of ash sitting in my shop. It is 12/4 thick (rough sawn), about 10 inches wide and 10 feet long. I bought it because it was really cheap - about $30. I have no use in mind for it and frankly, am kind of scared to cut into it for fear of ruining it. I am pretty sure there is some pretty special grain sitting under that rough cut, but... I have never worked ash before.
Oh well, Andy Rooney (the commentator on 60 Minutes in the 70's and 80's) had over 1500 board feet of hardwood stacked in the racks of his shop for no other purpose than to go look at it once in a while. Maybe that is what this is for too?