|Hickory heartwood is brown or reddish brown in color and is sold as "Red Hickory". The sapwood is light in color and sold as "White Hickory". Hickory is typically straight grained, but can be wavy or irregular. Texture is somewhat coarse.
Weight averages about 51lbs per cu. ft.
|Red Hickory, White Hickory, Mockernut Hickory, Pignut Hickory
|Strength varies depending on rate of growth. Excellent steam bending characteristics. High bending and crushing strength, high stiffness and very high shock resistance.
|Difficult to work with hand or power tools. Moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters. Pre-drilling required for nailing. Gluing can be difficult. Stains and polishes to a good finish.
|Non-durable. Trees and logs susceptible to attack by forest longhorn beetle. Sapwood is susceptible to powder post beetles. Moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
|Dries rapidly with little tendency to warp or twist, but susceptible to shrinkage.
Sporting goods, golf club shafts, laminates for tennis racquets, bats, skis, drum sticks, striking-tool handles, hammers, picks, etc. Also used in plywood faces and veneers.
Rustic Hickory has become increasingly popular in use as "distressed" hardwood flooring.
|Low angle (20 degrees) required for planing irregular grained wood.