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American holly
Botanical Name: Ilex opaca

Family: Aquifoliaceae

Other Common Names: Evergreen Holly, White Holly, Christmas Holly, and Dune Holly

Uses: Turnery, carving, piano and organ keys, marquetry and inlay, wood block engravings, novelties, fixtures, handles, scroll work, and furniture

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American Holly
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Distribution: American holly grows from Massachusettes, Connecticut and New York, southwest to Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Oklahoma, south to Texas and east to Florida

General Characteristics: The holly tree has spiny evergreen leaves and red berries on the female trees. The bark is thick and relatively smooth with rough wart like processes. They can reach a height from 50 feet with a 2 foot diameter. When milled, the sapwood is white and the heartwood is an ivory white with a bluish cast or streaks. It has no characteristic odor or taste and is heavy, hard, close grained and tough, with a low luster like ivory.

Weight: N/A

Working Properties: Holly can be moderate to difficult to machine. It glues and screws well, but drilling should be done slowly. It sands and turns easily and polishes to a nice luster. It takes a stain well and can be ebonized.

Durability: Holly is susceptible to fungal attack.

Preservation: N/A


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Drying and Shrinkage:
Holly generally discolors when seasoned slowly. It is best cut in winter and dried quickly. It is fairly difficult to dry and has a tendency to warp and cup during kiln drying.

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