The Hickory Family

bitternut-hickoryBitternut Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya cordiformis
Location: Eastern United States
Dried Weight: 46lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,500lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,000lbf /in2

Bitternut Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.

 

mockernut-hickoryMockernut Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya tomentosa
Location: Eastern United States
Dried Weight: 51lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,970lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,900lbf /in2

Mockernut Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.

nutmeg-hickoryNutmeg Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya myristiciformis
Location: Southeastern United States
Dried Weight: 42lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,300lbf
Crushing Strength: 6,900lbf /in2

Nutmeg Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.

 

pignut-hickoryPignut Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya glabra
Location: Eastern United States
Dried Weight: 52lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,141lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,190lbf /in2

Pignut Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.
shagbark-hickoryShagbark Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya ovata
Location: Eastern United States
Dried Weight: 50lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,889lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,200lbf /in2

Shagbark Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. The end grain is ring-porous. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.

 

shellbark-hickoryShellbark Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya laciniosa
Location: Eastern United States
Dried Weight: 48lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,810lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,000lbf /in2

Shellbark Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.
water-hickoryWater Hickory

Scientific Name: Carya aquatica
Location: Southeastern United States
Dried Weight: 43lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,550lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,600lbf /in2

Water Hickory has a heartwood that is light to medium brown color, with a reddish hue in the background. The sapwood is a pale yellowish brown color. The grain is usually straight and it has a medium texture. Hickory is rated as a non-durable to perishable  in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with because of its blunting effect on cutters. The wood glues, stains, and finishes well. It also responds well to steam bending.

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