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Hardwood 101 – Holly Lumber

Holly Lumber

Holly Lumber is an exceptional wood for carving.

Holly hardwood lumber (also referred to as Ilex Opaca) comes from North America and is taken from the holly tree. It is commonly 40 to 50 feet in height and has a diameter of 1 to 2 feet, but can reach heights of 80 feet. The holly sapwood is quite wide and much whiter than the heartwood, which ranges from very white to ivory-white in color, with a low luster more closely resembling ivory. Holly features an irregular, very close grain, and an even, very fine texture.

The holly tree has been traditionally connected to Christmas for centuries and its history is important in the traditions of religious and pagan belief systems. It is well known for its red berries and spiny green leaves. Holly is significant to Christmas and is a symbol representing the holiday. It is commonly used in decorative pieces in homes or for uses in festivals. For many, just even thinking about holly brings up the Holidays…and some great cheer!

One unique trait of Holly is how it can spalt (change color from white to a pale grey) when cut down during local rainy seasons or when the ground is moist. How do you prevent holly from spalting? One way is to buy pieces that were cut from logs with minimal sap. It has to be as dry as possible to ensure that it stays white. Any remaining moisture within the log will lead to the wood turning gray.

With a Janka hardness of 1020, Holly lumber is tough, heavy, and a moderately hard wood. It machines very well, with the help of very sharp wood working tools. It also holds screws well and glue adheres without difficulty. Holly finishes very uniformly and is easy to stain to match other wood species. It is sometimes dyed black and used as a substitute for ebony.

Holly is used for carving, engraving, turning, and furniture making. Woodworkers also use this hardwood in inlays because of its white color. Holly lumber is popularly used to make piano, organ, and accordion keys. The ivory white color of the wood is a major reason why it has replaced real ivory. I don’t know about you, but just knowing that this wood is being used for those instruments instead of the tusks of elephants makes me very thankful.

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Hardwood 101 – Hickory Lumber

Hickory Lumber

Hickory is very dense and has high crushing, stiffness, bending, & toughness qualities.

Hickory wood is used in making sporting goods, such as fishing rods, baseball bats, drum sticks, bow making, and laminates for tennis racquets. It is a great wood for tool handles, like hammers, hatchets, picks, and axes. It is also used for cabinets, furniture, walking canes, ladders, plywood faces, and veneers. Hickory is also popular for ‘distressed’ or ‘rustic’ hardwood flooring.

Take a look at a curved piece of hickory wood, named “the world’s oldest hockey stick. It was hand carved by a family ancestor in the 1850’s and is appraised at $4 million today!

It’s no wonder why Hickory would be used for such a high-impact sporting good. With a Janka hardness of 1820, hickory wood is tough, heavy, hard, resilient, and capable of resisting impact and stress. Hickory has excellent steam bending characteristics. It is well-known for its high bending and crushing strength, high stiffness and very high shock resistance. Hickory sands, turns, stains, and polishes well.

Rustic Hickory wood

A sample pic of our Rustic Hickory wood.

For additional information about Hickory wood, go to our website. You can also go to our online store and take a look at our Hickory lumber and Hickory thinwood.

Hardwood 101 – Cherry Lumber

cherry lumber

Cherry is an important hardwood steeped in American history.

Cherry lumber is one of the most valued cabinet and furniture woods in North America. It is an excellent turning and carving wood, and is a great option for hardwood flooring. Woodworkers also use cherry for high-class joinery, boat interiors, tobacco pipes, paneling, veneers, interior trim, tool handles, crafts, toys, musical instruments, and scientific instruments.

Cherry lumber has been used for centuries. One pretty amazing relic that we came across goes back to the days of Western expansion here in the United States. Western frontiersman, Buffalo Bill, opened the luxurious Irma Hotel in 1902.

One of the most striking features of this hotel was a stunning hand carved Cherry wood bar, complete with a carved buffalo head at the top. When you see the detail of this bar, you have to admire the great skill and patience it took to craft such an exquisite piece. Clearly, the wood worker who created this piece did the cherry lumber justice.

With a Janka hardness of 950, cherry lumber isn’t the strongest wood, but it’s still firm, with a smooth, uniform texture. Craftsmen enjoy working with cherry with an assortment of tools. Cherry also polishes to a beautiful finish. Cherry lumber also nails, screws, and glues very well.

To learn more about Cherry wood, go to our website. There you can find our online store, where you can find more information about Cherry lumber and Curly Cherry lumber.

Hardwood 101 – Cedar Lumber

Cedar Lumber

Cedar lumber has been used for centuries by societies throughout the world.

Cedar lumber is one popular option due to its unique and delicate fragrance. It is a highly aromatic wood and is a natural repellent to moths, mildew, and mustiness.

Cedar lumber is popularly used for furniture, such as chests and closets, because it keeps your clothes moth hole free! It is also used for cabinet building, paneling, shingles, buckets, posts, and poles.

Check out the discovery of the first ancient remains of Egyptian seafaring ships, inside two man made caves on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. Archaeologists found well-preserved timber, including cedar beams and planks.

Cedar is a beautiful choice in domestic lumber, with important wood working qualities as well. Cedar sapwood is a light cream color, while its heartwood is dull to bright pinkish-red, sometimes with a purple-red tinge and often streaked a deep reddish-brown. It has a Janka hardness of 900, which means it is durable and easy to work with.

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Hardwood Lumber 101 – Butternut Wood

Butternut Lumber

Butternut offers wood carvers an excellent opportunity to create something special.

Butternut Lumber is one domestic hardwood that we offer here at AdvantageLumber.com

Butternut Lumber has a Janka hardness of 490, which deems it a soft wood. This makes it a great wood for carving because it shows its beautiful color and grain pattern. Butternut heartwood is chestnut brown with darker areas, while its sapwood is white. It is sometimes referred to as ‘white walnut’ because it resembles black walnut, just not as dark.

Woodcarvers favor Butternut lumber because it carves easily without being brittle.For being such a soft wood, Butternut is a versatile wood. It is also used for furniture, interior trim, boxes, crates, paneling, and veneer.

This is due to the quality of the wood. Butternut is a relatively light weight wood, which makes it easy to work with. It has good nailing and screwing properties. It glues, stains, and finishes well. It also holds up to hand and power tools, but make sure the cutters are sharp since it’s a soft wood.

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Hardwood 101 – American Black Walnut Lumber

Black Walnut lumber

Black Walnut has been used for centuries & is well-regarded among woodworkers.

Advantage Trim & Lumber Co. offers such superior domestic hardwood lumber. One great hardwood is American Black Walnut.

Woodworkers have used American Black Walnut for centuries. Check out this sunken Great Lakes Treasure Ship that was found with over $100,000 worth of Black Walnut lumber aboard.

American Black Walnut is often referred to as ‘gunwood’ because it is the standard wood used for gunstocks, like shotgun handles and sporting rifle handles. It is also used for cabinetwork, high quality furniture, boat building, musical instruments, paneling, and veneers. It is a perfect wood for turning, molding, routing and carving as well.

It is a very popular wood not only for its versatility, but also for its beauty. Walnut has white sapwood, and its heartwood is a rich dark brown to purplish-black. It is normally straight grained, but in some cases it has wavy or curly grains.

For additional information on American Black Walnut wood, go to our website. There you will find our online store where you can also take a look at Walnut lumber and Walnut thinwood.