Pignut hickory, mockernut hickory, shellbark hickory, shagbark hickory, red or white hickory (USA).
S. Eastern Canada and Eastern United States.
Typically straight grained, but may be wavy or irregular, with a rather coarse texture.
The heartwood is brown or reddish brown and sold as red hickory, and the sapwood sold separately as white hickory.
Averages 820 kg/m3 (51 lb/ft3).
Bending strength – High
Crushing strength – High
Stiffness – High
Resistance shock loads – Very high
Steam bending - Excellent
Dries rapidly with little tendency to warp or twist, but with a risk of shrinkage.
A rather difficult wood to work, with moderate to severe blunting of cutters. A reduction of cutting angle to 20 degrees necessary when planing irregular grain. Pre-boring for nailing is required, and gluing can be difficult. Stains and polishes to a good finish.
Non-durable. Trees and logs liable to attack by forest longhorn beetle. Sapwood liable to attack by powder post beetle. Moderately resistant to preservative treatment.
Tops of heavy sea fishing rods