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Where It's From:
Hickory (Carya ovalis – Red Hickory, Carya glabra – Pignut Hickory, Carya ovata – Shagbark Hickory) is among the hardest and strongest native wood species in the United States.
Why It's Special:
On average, Hickory is denser, stiffer, and harder than either White oak or Hard Maple. The wood is commonly used where strength is needed. There are bark inclusions in Hickory because of its branch structure.
How It Works:
This is a very hard and difficult wood to work with; tear out is common when working with machines. Hickory tends to raise a hair or two when sanded so extra care is needed and be sure to use quality paper worked though the grits.
The heartwood is is a light tan to red/brown and the sap wood is white.
Uses include tool handles, flooring and furniture.