Gradually hulling all the hickory nuts. Found that if I sit them on their wide ends and tap the pointy tip, it loosens the hull and then shucks off fairly easy. Those nuts on the left are discards, they have worm holes. I was giving them to my four-year-old to play with but then at one point let her count up her little pile- she had over twenty-five nuts. Now I'm throwing the bad ones into the fireplace.