American Holly has the most pure white color of any wood in the world. It is very hard to dry properly without cracking and must be harvested in the dead of winter or the wood will be spalted (stained) with a blue-grey fungus. This process makes American Holly quite expensive. Add to that the fact that it is a nightmare to keep from shifting in board form, and it’s easy to see why only the most meticulate artisans work with this wood.
American Holly makes uniquely striking dice due to its almost non-existent grain pattern and nearly pure white coloration. American Holly takes laser engraving very well, so the markings on laser-engraved dice are highly legible.