I made this Holly Prayer box for my Mom last last birthday (87), It is from a Holly tree that stood in front of her house for over 40 years. It had gotten too large and she needed to get air space around her house so she had it removed, she called and said she was doing it and I told her to keep the log, she did, and so I made her something to remember the tree and to enjoy.
Holly is a marvelous wood to turn, it's grain is so fine and the texture is surpreme. I turned it green and soaked in Alcohol, dried wrapped in brown paper for a few weeks, whist I weighed and recorded the drying process. I finised turning to 3/16" thick walls, both the bottom and the lid. The finish was first WB poly to retain the White color and the finished off with several coats of (Minwax) Wipe-on Poly to achieve the luster. the little top-knot is Bloodwood (to represent the blood of Christ, as the Holly wood has quite a story relating to Christ and the Crucification).
Thanks for looking and appreciate critiques.