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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.

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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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