American Hickory Hickory is the most popular wood choice for drumsticks due to its shock absorption and durability and Vater uses the 2 best Hickory species, which are Shellbark and Shagbark Hickory. Vater's material has to meet very strict quality characteristics to be made into a Vater drumstick. Vater only uses dowels that have a moisture content specific to "striking" tools (10%-12%), so you get a drumstick with great feel and durability. Each time a Hickory tree is harvested by any of their suppliers, another one is planted. New trees are also produced from the Hickory Nuts that naturally fall from the trees. The nylon tip provides incredible clarity and articulation on cymbals along with increased durability.