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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 03-04-2015 03:19 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rwe2156

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03-04-2015 03:19 PM

I live in NE FL and have a couple very large holly trees (Ilex opaca).
Would this be similar to the holly used for inlay?
Thinking of whacking off a branch and trying it.

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#1 posted 03-04-2015 04:23 PM

Ilex opaca is the native American holly. The wood is very white with very little visible grain pattern. It is ideal for things like inlay.

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#2 posted 03-04-2015 10:53 PM

It is also very susceptible to staining during the drying process. Once you cut it down, you need to immediately mill it into lumber / boards and start the drying process. Be sure to sticker (use dry sticks to space out the board layers in the stack) and ensure there is plenty of air flow.

Good Luck!

Herb

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#3 posted 03-06-2015 05:23 AM

Very pale and very little grain pattern with Holly from what I’ve seen.

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#4 posted 03-06-2015 06:56 AM

I cut and air dry some American holly every year just about. Sometimes I get bluish green staining around the center, sometimes it turns a bit bone color, but it’s great for inlays or accents. Cut holly in the winter only.

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#5 posted 03-06-2015 04:59 PM

People use holly for inlay, Intarsia and other things. I bought a small piece on the bay and it is not cheap.

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