Rustic furniture made from hickory saplings was an inspiration that came to the Midwest in the 1800s. The straight trees, 2 or 3 inches in diameter, were ideal for use as chair frames and tables. The hickory could be soaked and bent. The inner bark from the trees could be woven into chair seats and backs. Once the sapling was cut, a new tree grew from the stump, making it an early ecologically