There are eleven species of trees in Mandaumin Woods, including the Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata). The Shagbark Hickory is interesting because of its shaggy appearance, which also makes it an easy tree to identify. It is native to Canada and is extremely hard and dense making it very useful in making tool handles and furniture.
A Wallaceburg company, Hillerich and Bradsby, once used Shagbark Hickory trees (among other kinds of wood) in the manufacture of baseball bats and other sporting equipment. H&B were most famous for producing the Louisville Slugger Baseball bat. (more…)