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Forum topic by sras posted 09-29-2011 01:45 AM 1667 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2011 01:45 AM

My neighbor just lost an old holly tree due to some utility work.

It has a fairly good sized trunk with a few burls on it (at least that is what they look like from the outside).

I told him to try to save it as holly can be quite unique in color. I suggested setting aside longer pieces and sealing the ends with paint.

I was not sure about whether he should split them lengthwise to limit checking.

Any other suggestions? What else should I tell him?

For those of you that want to suggest that he should give it away, sorry – I’m first in line!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 01:59 AM

Hey Buddy … send me chunk of Holly someday >grinz< ... Holly can be beautiful,but I’m told it is hard to season.
Hopefully someone can be more help. I’m sure painting the ends is the right thing to do to minimize splits.

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 01:59 AM

Hey Steve – can’t really offer any advice, but hope you get that log! We expect pictures and updates! :)

Good Luck!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 02:09 AM

I hear if it is not processed soon, it will get dark streaks in it. I have two kinds of Holly on my place. American Holly is the one that you want. Its leaves have prickles all around. The other Holly(don’t know the name) typically has only prickles on the tip of the leaf(maybe three). Oh, and the other Holly is not as white as the American Holly. Still usable, just not as regarded.

Got a picture of a leaf from the tree?

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#4 posted 09-29-2011 02:14 AM

Hey Rance, no pics, but I’ll wander over and check out the leaves.

The tree went down today – leaves have not yet wilted. I think he will get to it this weekend.

I know that Holly can also get a green mold in it, but I’m not sure how to best avoid that.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-29-2011 03:02 AM

Get it milled into lumber ASAP!

Once milled, stack/sticker it with plenty of ventilation but out of direct sunlight. Cover top of stack with tin or old plywood to protect from sun and direct rain.

Good Luck!


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#6 posted 09-29-2011 03:34 AM

Paint is a poor choice for an end sealer. It is better than nothing, but you will be disappointed. Anchorseal is a commercial end sealer that is excellent but you have to order it from U-C Coatings. Melted wax also works well and is superior to paint. Good luck with your holly project.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#7 posted 09-29-2011 06:06 AM

Thanks all for the replies – (more are welcome)

I’ll forward the information to my neighbor and see what happens.

DAN – I have some holly of my own. I’m tempted – it would interesting to see what you do with it…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 09-29-2011 07:19 AM

Thanks Autumn.

About fifteen years ago, a friend of mine cut a holly tree and chopped it up for firewood (insert scream). I went over a few days later and snagged a few pieces, they were split and didn’t check (luckily). But they did twist a lot.

I have used a few chunks for handles and accents. They stayed nice and cream colored.

I know of a local source for Anchorseal that I can pass on to my neighbor…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 09-29-2011 07:03 PM

Holly is used often as an inlay as it tends to warp and move so much it can be hard to keep straight as a finished product, altho I have heard of a guy that made a functional rocking chair from it. It does indeed need to be cut and dried as soon as possible as it rots quickly as stinks like you-know-what when it does. If the sap is still up in the tree then it is likely the sawn wood will develop black spots and streaks that aren’t very nice to look at but what the heck…it’s free. Might as well give it a go! Best of luck.

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