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Sawing/Drying Holly
« on: June 14, 2019, 08:53:36 PM »
I have a hundred or so bf of holly logs that I cut down not long ago.  From what I've read, that was the wrong time of year to cut it, but the holly trees were in the way of a building project, so I didn't have a choice.  Getting ready to saw it and have a couple questions for you guys.  I was planning to saw 1" boards.  I don't know how holly dries as far as checking, staining, etc.  Will 1" boards dry ok?  

I have a kiln lined up to put the lumber in directly after I saw it, but the guy running the kiln has never done holly before.  Are there any tricks to get it to dry right?  Does it need extra stickers, or slower/faster drying?

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Re: Sawing/Drying Holly
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 02:06:01 AM »
The trick seems to be to get it dry ASAP after the tree is cut. The wood soon loses it's white colour that makes it special, and goes a boring grey. 

I don't think there are any special drying issues, just time.  The cooler temps in winter slows the greying process and means you have more time between cutting and drying, which makes life easier. 
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Re: Sawing/Drying Holly
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 06:46:32 AM »
Here's my experience with kiln drying holly too late.

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Re: Sawing/Drying Holly
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 07:35:46 AM »
If the logs have been cut for a while, it probably has already gray stained some. 
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Re: Sawing/Drying Holly
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 05:53:10 PM »
Thanks everyone, sounds like I may have missed the boat, but going to saw it out anyways and see what happens. 8)
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