Pecan, a close relative of hickory, is a tough, hard wood and somewhat difficult to work. We use it for projects that lend themselves to a somewhat rustic look. Pecan tends to have a wide variety of coloration and cosmetic defect such as dark spots, and irregularities that somewhat resemble worm tracks. These defects are not structural in any way. The wood grain can vary widely from one board to the next; “grain matching” is not possible with pecan. It takes stain quite evenly and remains quite stable over the years.