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The largest member of the hickory family, pecan is a widespread native of North America.  Central Texas is home to some of the largest pecans to be found in the country, as it is not unusual to find trees along rivers and creeks in bottomlands over eighty feet tall with trunk diameters exceeding three feet.  

Lumber cut from green wood tends to warp but is stable when properly dried.  Wood from old growth pecan has a very pretty brown color with a red cast which will darken with age.   Wood from older trees typically has darker reddish bands or stripes following the grain and is ‘pecky’.  Pecky figure refers to the small, dark spots, or short, irregular lines in the wood, although the cause is not clearly understood.  The wood is hard (rated somewhat harder than oak) which suits it for flooring, one of its major uses. Pecan is a rather coarse grained wood that when properly sanded finishes well and is often used commercially in furniture.  Many people like to use pecan in the early stages of decay when the wood is still sound as the wood may develop spectacular colors and figure in response to the decay organism referred to as spalting.

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Above are pictures of a Pecan tree that Richard (left) and I cut near Burkett, Texas.  The tree measured approximately 48 inches across the base.  The base of the tree came up about 4 feet and then forked into 2 branches each measuring about 26 inches.  The land owner only wanted one of the branches harvested because it was obviously dying.  Below left is just one of many planks of wood that Richard and I cut out of that tree.  Below right is the load of logs that we cut off of this particular place.




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