General Description - Hickories are split into true hickories and pecan hickories (fruit bearing). The wood is virtually the same and is usually sold together. Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest American wood. The sapwood is white, tinged with fine brown lines while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown. Both are coarse-textured and the grain is usually straight but can be irregular.

Working Properties - Hickories can be difficult to machine, glue, and use hand tools with, so care is needed. They hold nails and screws well, but pre-boring is advised. The wood can be sanded to a good finish. Hickory welcomes a full range of medium-to-dark finishes and bleaching treatments. It can be difficult to dry and has high shrinkage.

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