Main Uses

Tool handles, bows, wheel spokes, drumsticks, walking canes, and a preferred type of wood for smoking meats

Relative Abundance

0.7 percent of total U.S. hardwoods that are commercially available.

Fun Facts

The Wright Brothers used hickory for their “flying contraption”.

General Description

Hickory is the hardest, heaviest and strongest American wood. The sapwood of hickory is white, tinged with inconspicuous fine brown lines while the heartwood is pale to reddish brown. Both are coarse-textured and the grain is fine, usually straight but can be wavy or irregular.

Working Properties

Hickory can be difficult to machine and glue, and is very hard to work with hand tools, so care is needed. It holds nails and screws well, but there is a tendency to split so pre-boring is advised.

Physical Properties

The density and strength of the hickories will vary according to the rate of growth, with the true hickories generally showing higher values than the pecan hickories.

Hickory | Kitchen Tune-Up example