Hickory is a heavy, strong hardwood known for flowing, vibrant grain patterns and dramatic color variation. Hickory can also exhibit random pecks, burls and mineral streaks. Hickory’s color ranges across a wide spectrum, from nearly white to dark brown. Due to natural variations inherent to the species, stains on Hickory will not produce a single, perfectly uniform color tone. There will be regions of intense color variation, even within a single piece of Hickory. This is considered to be due to the natural variation inherent to wood, and is part of wood’s natural beauty.