HICKORY

genus Carya

A “masculine” wood, Hickory is used in tool handles and for smoking meat. Tough to work, sharp tools are a must, lest your cuts be left stringy and ragged. The creamy sapwood can provide pleasing contrast and visual interest occasionally alongside the darker heartwood. Andrew Jackson was known as Old Hickory by some of his contemporaries due to his tough nature, however this is somewhat of misnomer: young Hickory is actually tougher and more elastic than the old heartwood of large mature Hickory trees.