Juglandaceae - The Walnut Family
Carolina Hickory, Red Heart Hickory, Scalybark Hickory, Shagbark Hickory, Shellbark Hickory, Upland Hickory, White Hickory
Interior Use Only
Flooring, Handles, Interior Trim, Millwork, Mouldings, Skis
Hickory grows through out much of the eastern half of the United States. It prefers moist soils, and is rarely found in pure stands.
The sapwood is very wide and often a creamy to nearly white in color. The heartwood is darker in color and is brown to a reddish brown. The grain is straight, but can be wavy or irregular. The texture is typically very coarse.
Sapwood is what is preferred by woodworkers. Like many other species NHLA grading does not consider heartwood a defect. Tools need to be sharp when machining to avoid issues. Due to the high tendency to split, pre boring nail and screw holes is recommended.