Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Keeping holly white

Mike Schwing from Md.
>Hi all. I'm working with some beautiful holly on two non turned pieces. I'm posting here as turners have more experience with the stuff than flat workers.

I know there is no such thing as a finish that will impart NO effect on a piece of wood. I also know that lacquers, particularly some of the water based ones, produce a dramatically clear finish, but they still change the appearance of the wood.

The absolute best appearance of this holly is when it is unfinished, but it is extremely susceptible to discoloration from body oils and other sources. One touch with an oily palm/finger will make that spot yellow.

Given all of the above, what would you do with these pieces of holly to keep them white and protect them from contaminants that would discolor them? They will be handled for sure. Thanks!

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