Most wood that is harvested with a natural handle shape is good as the grain follows the contour thus giving strength.
The holly was offered to me on Sunday by a chap who was in turn given it by someone else! he indicated it was about 3 feet long and by his hand gestures about 6" diameter, but until I fetch it in a week or so I won't know for certainDetails and dimensions...
Harvest how many of what type...branches, trunks, etc.
Trunk length and diameter?
I'm looking forward to getting round something fine grained, working solely with pine can be soul destroying when the grain takes you off in a direction you don't want!All three are good woods. I like working with holly. It's hard but not too hard and is very fine grained. Sounds like you might be able to get some good handles from it.
Cherry darkens by being exposed to sunlight. If you don't want to wait, lye will darken it almost immediately. Use oven cleaner w/ lye. For more detailed directions, search the internet.Cherry varies. Somewhat soft, longer grain and tear outs can happen. It changes color w. age, going from a reddish orange to almost black, tho' that takes over 100 years.