|Forum topic by RichardDePetris||posted 01-30-2014 04:24 PM||1719 views||1 time favorited||21 replies|
01-30-2014 04:24 PM
Being in the southern part of the US, I haven’t found many opportunities to use my fireplace. I had a bag of hickory firewood I purchased from the local supermarket that became bone-dry after sitting in my living room for a few years. I decided to run it through my bandsaw to see what kind of lumber it yielded, but I didn’t expect much.
The logs were very tough and splintered easily, but became surprisingly smooth, durable and stable after sawing it. I used a couple of the largest pieces to build a mallet and saved the remaining smaller pieces for future projects.
Boy, the grain is gorgeous and prettier than oak and features flecks just like white oak. It was very hard, but it sanded well and stained beautifully. I actually debated with myself whether the firewood was actually hickory and not oak, but the scent and fibrous bark gave it away. Had I known it had these properties, I would have purchased more.
I am having a tough time figuring out why it hickory isn’t used more often in woodworking. The very thought of offering this beautiful wood to the fire for heat instead of a deity is pure sacrilege! The US is very wasteful with its natural resources. Why import lesser quality lumber from other countries? I heard it’s used for tool handles and a substitute for oak in cabinets and flooring, but even so, it ought to have more prominence.
Why isn’t hickory more popular with woodworkers?