While most hickory is cut for lumber due to its strength and density, this traditional domestic beauty is increasingly available in the veneer. Hickory has a notable contrast between its reddish heartwood and lighter sapwood. The grain is usually straight but can be wavy or irregular in some flitches. The texture is coarse and porous with a matte finish. This is a quintessential domestic wood—lively in appearance and rich in American woodworking tradition.