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    Quote Originally Posted by Idek912 View Post
    I have a huge hickory tree that got knocked over in hurricane Irene.... now I am wondering, can you eat Hickory nuts?
    Can you show us a pic of the tree?

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    Do not eat the Pignut hickory had 2 of those in the front yard as a kid made the mistake of eating one nasty nasty nasty.

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    Did the tree die before the nuts had the chance to ripen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zammer View Post
    Can you show us a pic of the tree?
    Like I said it fell down, and my step dad just cut it up today with a chainsaw and threw it over the fence to tow it off to the dump, so all it is now is a pile of logs which will be some firewood, but there is probably 100 of these things on the ground... I could show you a piece of the tree, bark, and the plant that comes off with the nut inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dux View Post
    Did the tree die before the nuts had the chance to ripen?
    They are very green and some have brown or black spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flintlock View Post
    Shagbark nuts are delicious. Smooth bark ( or pignut ) are really bitter. Which kind of tree do you have?
    I'm not completely sure but it is a rough bark.

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    Photos of shagbark hickory

    http://www.google.com/search?q=shag+...Q&ved=0CEoQsAQ

    Hickory is a great bow wood and if the tree is not usable for anything else, it has the highest BTU rating as fire wood.

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    Hey guys.. is this wood carvable? I dont know of this woods carvability..but hey.. lots of bowls or kuksas from this wood or no?

    If its carvable.. dont throw it all. Advertise to those who do lathe work..they will come get it.

    Marsh.

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    Some good info on hickory nuts:

    http://www.burntmud.com/Burntmud/Hickory_Nuts.html

    (including making broth from them)

    The wood is very tough - if you can grab some straight sections of the trunk and split them down. Hickory is THE traditional wood for tool handles, so if you ever want to make your own axe/hatchet handle...this is your chance!

    It's hard to work once it's dry, so it's best to split/saw it while green, then let it season. I'm not sure how well it would work as a carving wood. Self-bows are often made of hickory as well.

    Sounds like the nuts are too green to eat. You can crush them and extract the tannin for tanning, but that's an involved process and I'm not sure of the steps.

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    Can't believe everyone missed the obvious answer:
    Yes, you can't eat hickory nuts, BUT only if you get to them before the squirrels.
    I have two trees at my place, and in 13 years, only managed to beat the squirrels once.

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