Hickory Flooring

Hickory flooring has characteristics of the Hickory tree. Hickory the sapwood is white to cream. Heartwood is tan to dark brown. Hickory has a close grain with moderate grain patterning. Grain can be similar to oak. Hickory is slightly harder than red oak. Hickory is slightly less stability than oak. Hickory is a tough wood and hard to sand. Occasionally pieces of pecan are mixed in with hickory and it is almost impossible to tell the difference.


Select conservation hickory flooring

Boards are clear with colors ranging from white to tan. Most of the tree is represented by this grade, knots and checking are not permitted. Called conservation by the Sampsons given that this grade is a very sustainable use of the tree.

Natures Rustic hickory flooring

The whole tree finds new life in Sampson’s rustic grade. Knots, checking, small holes 1/4” in diameter or less and variations in color are allowed. Natures rustic floors are generally random width. Random width floors maximize the usability of every board rather than wasting some to meet specifications. A random width floor is very traditional in pre 1880 historic homes. When a rustic floor is received, the amount of lineal footage of each width is listed. From this the installation pattern can be determined. If help is needed just call. Natures Rustic is always sold with endmatching. The grade name, Natures rustic can be misleading, many formal homes have chosen this grade in addition to cottages, camps and commercial spaces.

Paul + Jula Sampson have forged strong relationships with loggers and mills to get lumber specifically suited to our custom grades. Our grades are unique.

Face Widths

3” up to 8” select conservation
3” up to 8” random mix natures rustic

Accent Strips

3/4” up to 2 1/2” available in all grades




ranges available, Hickory usually averages between 5’ to 7’


Tongue and groove with back relief.
Endmatching option available.
Flooring can be ordered with endmatching (a tongue or groove at the end of board length). Rustic grade is endmatched

Fun facts/ traditional uses

spokes for wheels, vehicle bodies, shafts for golf clubs, lacrosse stocks, skis, drum sticks, tops of heavy fishing rods