Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:22

Hickory is not just for baseball bats!

What do you use hickory for? Hickory is a popular North American hardwood species for many things.  It is harvested throughout the hardwood forests of the eastern United States and is used for many different applications.  Years ago it was used significantly in the production of sporting equipment like bats, tennis rackets, golf club shafts and skis. 

But that was before composite materials became the norm.  Today you will find hickory commonly being used to make tool handles because it is very hard, very heavy, and very strong.4/4 Rustic Hickory

But where else will you find hickory used? We find hickory to be used frequently when making hardwood flooring and cabinetry.  It’s hardness and durability work well in those applications and its normal characteristics can give it a rustic or country type appeal that is very popular with designers today.

In hickory, the sapwood is light to golden white and the contrasting heartwood is light to darker brown. This varying color characteristic of lighter and darker shades make it very appealing to designers.  Rustic grade hickory and calico grade hickory are also commonly requested because of their distinctive “country-like” look.

So maybe consider hickory for your next cabinet or flooring project.  Maybe consider using a rustic or calico grade hickory product to create that unique look. 

American Lumber usually has hickory in inventory in one of our Northern hardwood lumber concentration yards. We usually stock 4/4, 5/4, 6/4 and 8/4 hickory on a regular basis. Grades, lengths and volumes do vary. Typical order size are tractor trailer load quantities. Consider making it a mixed load with other species included. Red Oak, Hard Maple, Cherry and even Poplar can be nice items to fill out a truck. Let us know. We would be happy to help!

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