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Botanical Name

Ilex opaca

Other Names

American Holly, Holly

Main Color Group

Yellow / White

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

40

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

640

Janka Hardness - LBF

1020

Janka Hardness - Newtons

4540

Holly is an interesting domestic wood. Those who know of it prize it for its consistent pale white color which typically slows little to no discernible grain patterns. Although it has traditionally been used as an ornamental or accent wood, it has enjoyed a recent surge of popularity among turners for its fine aesthetic and turning properties. In certain applications, it has been dyed black and used as an ebony substitute — although it lacks the requisite density for most musical applications.

The wood glues, stains and finishes well, however it can be difficult to work on account of its sometimes interlocked grains and the numerous knots that are commonly present.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Inlays, furniture, piano keys (dyed black), handles, turned objects, and other small novelty items.

Comments: Holly needs to begin the drying process almost immediately after it’s cut, as, otherwise, fungal discoloration can occur. For this reason, it is generally harvested during the winter months and not left to air dry for very long before making it into a kiln.

The wood is non-durable, so its use is exclusively confined to indoor applications. Products and items produced with this wood do best when a hardening protective finish is applied, and the wood is very good at maintaining its original color when such a clear finish is administered.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Holly
$40.4337.5 x 4.375 x 0.93 inHOLLY1010

End Cracks Open Knots Both sides

40.43
Holly
$63.6348 x 5.38 x 0.93 inHOLLY1012

1 Open Knot Small Tight Knots 1 side Multiple knots 2nd side

63.63
Holly
$28.8329.25 x 4 x 0.93 inHOLLY1011

Small Tight Knot

28.83
Holly
$35.3635.875 x 4 x 0.93 inHOLLY1009

Edge Defect Open Defect 1 End

35.36
Holly
$70.2148.5 x 5.875 x 0.93 inHOLLY1008

Light Stain Knots 1 end & 1 edge

70.21
Holly
$18.8732.25 x 2.375 x 0.93 inHOLLY1007

Small Tight Knot 1 side Open knots 2nd side

18.87
Holly
$30.0726.75 x 4.5625 x 0.93 inHOLLY1006

Open Crack 1 end Small defect 1 side Edge Crack

30.07
Holly
$36.7130 x 4.0625 x 0.93 inHOLLY1005

Knot 1 side light stain

36.71
Holly
$40.6924 x 6.2 x 0.9 inHOLLY1004
Out of stock

Check on one edge

40.69
Holly
$25.1127 x 3.4 x 0.9 inHOLLY1003

Partially surfaced

25.11
Holly
$28.0027.75 x 4.1 x 0.9 inHOLLY1002
Out of stock

Nice

28
Holly
$75.5850.25 x 5.5 x 0.9 inHOLLY1001
Out of stock

Partially surfaced, check one face

75.58

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