A substance that can absorb and retain moisture, or lose or throw off moisture. Wood and wood products are hygroscopic. They expand with absorption of moisture and their dimensions become smaller when moisture is lost or thrown off.
The tendency of wood to absorb and expel moisture as humidity levels change.
Having a strong tendency to repel water.
Having a strong tendency to bind or absorb water.
Brown to reddish-brown color. Heartwood tends to be light to medium brown, with a reddish hue; sapwood is a paler yellowish brown. Grain is usually straight, though occasionally wavy, with a medium texture. On average, Hickory is denser, stiffer, and harder than...