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Giant American Holly - Need Advice6/10
Hi all! I wanted to ask if there is anyone out there that could help me with an American Holly that my wife and I are about to cut down. We have heard it's really expensive wood (~$25 a bf) and before getting it cut down we would like to shop it around. Its huge! Some think we should get the Guinness Book out to take a look. If anyone out there is willing to help we would certainly be up for giving a finders fee. We live in Arlington, VA. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send over some pictures. Thanks!
If it is a yard tree it has next to no value.
I would like a section big enough to turn a djembe, and maybe some bowls, but good luck getting anyone to pay you for the log.
Ditto the comments about a yard tree.
The value of holly is its white color. Therefore, if you do saw it, you need to start proper drying within hours to avoid blue colors. Most holly is cut in the winter when blue stain risk is minimal when the lumber is cold.
Virginia, like most states, has a Big tree Directory that collects info no large trees by species and locates them. You can compare your Holly to others.
Watch out for those dollar signs rolling in your eyes - they can blind you to the fact that yard trees on the stump have little value - as you are hearing. Once cut and properly dried, those prices are not unheard of, but you have a good way to go before you get there.