Southeastern North America
Complete North America in altitudes from sea level to up to approx. 1200 m.
Among others, Hickory is used for the veneer production. However, the low availability of logs in veneer quality is a limiting factor even in the US. Strong inner tension, which often turn inside the logs, as well as smaller diameters render the production of sliced veneers difficult. Due to the stability and tenacity of the wood, it is primarily used in the production of tools and sports equipment, on the one hand for tool handles, on the other hand for bars of parallel bars. All these fields are subjected to extreme stress.
Usually, trees reach heights of approx. 15-30 m. The bark of this wood species is a peculiarity, since it is very smooth in early growing years but becomes reticular when the tree grows older and easily flakes off due to longitudinal checks and a scaly structure.
The decisive factor for the machining of this wood species is the width of the annual rings (the narrower the annual rings, the harder the wood). In general, the processing of Hickory is rather difficult and can be compared to the working of hard oak wood. It can be sliced and peeled. Screw and nail joints hold well after pre-drilling.
Rather difficult. The process of drying the wood should constantly be monitored as Hickory easily tends to check and warp.
By using the appropriate tools, smooth surfaces can be achieved easily. The advantage of this wood species is that it can be impregnated very well and, therefore, minor qualities are also used as sleepers.