Color: Hickory heartwood is tan or reddish; sapwood is white to cream, with fine brown lines.
Grain: Hickory is closed, with moderate definition; somewhat rough-textured.
Variations: In hickory there are often pronounced differentiations in color between spring wood and summer wood.
Sawing/Machining: Hickory’s density makes it difficult to machine and work with hand tools.
Sanding: Difficult to sand because of density, and because light color makes sander markers show more than on darker woods.
Nailing: Has a tendency to split the tongues.
Finishing: May be difficult to stain
Comments Origin: North America
Hardness/Janka: 1820; (41% harder than Northern red oak).
Dimensional Stability: average (8.9; 3% less stable than Northern red oak).
Durability: Extremely dense and durable, High shock absorption.
Availability: Readily available.