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Drying Holly Finial Blanks
Jun 19th, 2017 at 3:32pm
 
A friend had to cut down a mature holly tree that was damaging his roof.  Few bowl blanks because of all the branches, some lidded box rough outs, and i'd like to dry some pieces for future finials.  Do I simply cut some 6" x 2 x 2 blanks, paint the ends, and let dry?  Some different approach to minimize drying cracks?   Do I spray a 10% Chlorox bleach solution before sealing the ends to minimize chance of mold stains?
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Re: Drying Holly Finial Blanks
Reply #1 - Jun 19th, 2017 at 4:33pm
 
The problem with holly is that it turns a greenish gray real fast when cut down this time of the year. Some people use bleach, I prefer to cut it down in the winter so I don't have the problem.
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Re: Drying Holly Finial Blanks
Reply #2 - Jun 20th, 2017 at 7:06am
 
Didn't know the tree was going to be cut.

How to make finial blanks from green holly with minimal drying crack loss?
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Re: Drying Holly Finial Blanks
Reply #3 - Jun 20th, 2017 at 8:30am
 
Don, all I can offer is that holly has a lot of shrinkage/movement. This is especially true if it's branch wood rather than trunk wood. You'll need to allow for this by cutting your blanks oversized.
There are some articles out there about boiling but this is not something I've ever tried.
Good luck
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Re: Drying Holly Finial Blanks
Reply #4 - Jun 21st, 2017 at 3:22pm
 
I had some Holly a while back, and Anchorsealed the ends on some, and the whole blank on others, and they all turned various shades of gray, or even a bluish gray.
Still very white compared to most woods, but not pure white.
Depending on the size needed, you might be able to whittle a larger blank down to get a clean piece.
Maybe a kiln would get the water out of the wood fast enough so the blue/gray fungus deosn't have time to grow...that's what I'm going to try next time I get some.
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Reply #5 - Jun 27th, 2017 at 9:49am
 
I cured a few. One thing that all seem to agree on is that you need to remove the bark right away. I turned some spindle rounds. Make sure to round over the ends. I put some in the shop to air dry, no problems. I put some in the freezer, which is a dehydrator, and no problems. Oh, that is no problems with color change or cracking. Pieces with bark left on, all went grey.

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