Hickory (Carya ovata) grows throughout the eastern half of the United States and is comprised of several species with varying hardness and characteristics. Most commercial production of hickory is from the Mid-Atlantic and Central States and is comprised of the species known as Shag Bark or Pignut. We see logs of both species come into our log yard as Central New Hampshire is at the northern distribution for the Shag Bark Hickory and Pignut Hickory grows to the southern New Hampshire border.

The sapwood of Hickory is white and can be wide, particularly in second-growth trees. The heartwood is reddish. The wood is exceedingly hard, heavy, and strong. Hickory is considered difficult to machine and glue. It holds nails well, but it tends to split.

Hickory is mainly used for tool handles requiring a high shock resistance. It is also used for ladder rungs, athletic equipment (such as baseball bats, archery equipment, and skis), and furniture. Lower grade hickory is used for pallets. Sawdust and chips are used in smoking to flavor meats.

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*All types of wood dust that are inhaled are hazardous to your health and have the potential to cause allergic reactions in sensitive people. Please wear the proper personal protective equipment when working with any type of wood.*

For more information about this species, please visit The Wood Database.

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