Hickory heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue, while the sapwood is a paler yellowish brown. Boards with contrasting heartwood and sapwood create a somewhat rustic appearance that’s sometimes marketed as Calico Hickory.

The grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy, with a medium texture, and the pores are medium-sized and open

Janka Hardness:

2,140 lbf

Average Dried Weight:

52 lbs/ft3 (835 kg/m3)


Hickory is difficult to work with, and is known to tearout during machining operations if cutting edges are not kept sharp. With this being said, the wood tends to blunt cutting edges. Hickory glues, stains, and finishes well, and responds well to steam bending.