Hickory wood is classified as a domestic wood and is sometimes referred to as Pignut Hickory, Mockernut Hickory, Red Hickory, or White Hickory.
The heartwood of Hickory is brown or reddish-brown in color and is sold as “Red Hickory.” The sapwood of Hickory is light in color and sold as “White Hickory.” Although Hickory is typically straight-grained, it can also be wavy or irregular with a somewhat coarse texture. Gluing can be difficult but it stains and polishes to a good finish.
Hickory is most widely used for making various sporting goods such as golf club shafts, laminates for tennis racquets; it is also used for bats, skis, drum sticks, striking-tool handles, hammers, and picks. Additionally, it is used in plywood faces and veneers.
Hickory has a Janka hardness rating of 1820.