The Fancy Pecan has more grain and color than our "regular" Pecan. Much of the Fancy Pecan has rich dark browns, knarly knots or some spalting. Spalting describes the wood being attacked by a fungus and causing unusual grain changes as the tree attempts to isolate the disease.
It's amazing how God enables nature to take decay or struggle and turn it into beauty. It reminds me of the decay in our lives called sin and how Jesus redeemed even me.
We purchase our lumber ... Pecan ... from deep in the heart of Texas because we wanted Texas Pecan from Texas because it is the state Tree! We hand select the wood with the most character, color and grain for Fancy Pecan.
The picture of two HoldingCrosses is for illistration purposes only to show grain varialce. The HoldingCross price is for each one.
Some interesting notes ....
Pecans have been an important food for man an wild animals in Texas for thousands of years. Prehistoric Indians depended on native pecans as food. Deer, turkey, squirrels, raccoons, crows and many other animals feed heavily on pecans today as they have in the past.
Whether you pronounce it "pih KAHN" or prefer "PEE kan", the pecan tree (carya illinoensis) is about as American a tree can get. Archeological evidence shows native Americans in the area of Texas used pecans more than 8,000 years ago. The name comes from the Algonquin word "pacane" meaning "nut so hard as to require a stone to crack”.
Pecans are native only in the United States and crows may have contributed to their selection and distribution by carrying the thin-shelled nuts over several miles. George Washington had pecans at Mount Vernon and, not to be outdone, gardener and connoisseur Thomas Jefferson had several trees imported from Louisiana for his orders at Monticello.
In the marketplace, you can get any of the eight species when you buy hickory lumber. True hickory is found throughout the eastern United States. However, the range of pecan hickories is limited; bitternut is throughout the eastern United States; pecan is found from Texas to Louisiana, through Missouri and Indiana; water hickory is found in Texas through South Carolina; and nutmeg is found in Texas and Louisiana. Separation of lumber into the two groups is impossible unless chemical or microscopic tests are used.
Pecan and other hickory woods are rated as the number three hardwood group in the United States. It falls behind only Black Walnut and Black Cherry in terms of value.