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Holm oaks or holly oaks (Quercus ilex) are slowly growing evergreen trees and shrubs that grow in the Mediterranean macchia. Their wood is rock hard, extremely durable and shows really terrific unique grain patterns. The wood shows a great variety of different patterns depending on sawing direction, it takes a mirror polish. Some really tiny holes may occur from typical mediterranean insects. A rare and hard to find beautiful wood for stunning pen blanks with very unusual grain pattern and effects!