Wooden Guy



Janka Hardness

Basic Specific Gravity


  • Eastern United States.


  • The typical Holly board sought for is uniform, pale white color. Some boards can develop a bluish to gray tint, which is a result of not being dried properly after being cut. To preserve the white color, Holly is generally cut during the winter and kiln dried before summer. The lumber has a fine, even texture with an irregular, closed grain. Holly is rated great as a turnery wood.

How well does it work?

  • Holly can be difficult to work with as the wood can be knotty, which is common for the species. The irregular grain can make using hand tools more difficult than other hardwoods. Stains, glues, and nails decently, however it is recommended to drill slowly. The lumber can also stained black to be a substitute for Ebony.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Rated as non-durable and susceptible to fungal and insect attack.

Common Uses

  • Inlays, turning, keys for pianos, and small novelty items.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.