heartwood is tan or reddish; sapwood is white to cream, with fine brown
Grain: Hickory is closed, with moderate definition;
Variations Within Species And Grades: In both hickory
and pecan, there are often pronounced differentiations in color between
spring wood and summer wood. In pecan, sapwood is usually graded higher
than darker heartwood. Pecan and hickory are traditionally mixed by
41% harder than Northern Red Oak
Dimensional Stability: Below average (change
coefficient .00411; 11% less stable than red oak).
Durability: Combination of strength, hardness,
toughness and stiffness found in no other commercial wood; exceedingly
high in shock resistance.
speciesí density makes it difficult to season, machine and work with
Sanding: Difficult to sand because of density, and
because light color makes sander marks show more than on darker woods.
Nailing: Good holding ability; prone to splitting.
Finishing: No known problems.
(Relative to plain sawn select red
Readily available from specialty
wood flooring dealers, although parquet not commonly available.