Hickory wood is synonymous with toughness. This beautiful wood is a great choice for stair parts especially if you like a rustic look. Hickory has been a favorite of those building custom cabinetry because of its superior strength and durability. Hickory's color varies greatly throughout. It is somewhat calico in nature with a mixture of light and dark woods generally preferred. It is normally easy to stain and finish. However, many desire a clear coat finish to best exhibit the beautiful mixtures of colors in the wood. If you like a rustic look and calico coloring in your stair parts, Hickory is a great choice.