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Hickory

Wood Flooring Species

Scientific Names:

Carya sect. Carya
Carya sect. Apocarya
Carya sect. Sinocarya

Origin:

North America (United States and Mexico);
Asia (China and Indochina).

Appearance:

The heartwood of hickory is reddish brown in color with dark brown stripes, while the sapwood tends toward a creamy white with pinkish tones and fine brown lines

Properties:

Hickory wood is very hard, stiff, dense, and shock-resistant, and is difficult to carve.

Janka Hardness: 1820

According to the U.S. Forestry Service pamphlet on Important Trees of Eastern Forests, “there are some woods that are stronger than hickory and some that are harder, but the combination of strength, toughness, hardness, and stiffness found in hickory wood is not found in any other commercial wood.”

Workability:

Although a hardwood, hickory works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. This wood holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It can be somewhat difficult to sand with flooring equipment because of its hardness.

Principal Uses:

Besides flooring, hickory is used for tool handles, bows, wheel spokes, carts, drumsticks, lacrosse stick handles, golf club shafts, the bottom of skis, and walking sticks. Boat paddles are often made from hickory, and sometimes baseball bats as well.

Hickory is also highly prized for wood-burning stoves, because of its high energy content. Hickory wood is also a preferred type for smoke-curing meats, especially in the Southern United States, where hickory is plentiful in the region.


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