My new favorite wood to work with.
I tend to dislike anything that stabs me in the garden...
but now I have a new appreciation.
While working with the holly Y's I noticed the wood was very different, it tended to fray especially when I filed it.
But I also noticed, when it was rubbed hard, it shined as though it had a gloss coat on it.
Wow, so I kept rubbing! I used cut-offs of the holly at first...
but then got the job done with a big screw driver!
On the left, white and frayed and on the right shiny and smooth.
I wish all wood was like this!