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Species Description: Wood Species

For millenniums, Olivewood has remained a wood of great cultural and religious importance and significance, especially in the Middle East. The wood can, indeed, be exquisite in appearance: with its (typically) creamy, golden brown base, and darker streaks and highlights, often augmented by spectacular figuring and/or areas of magnificent burling.

Grain patterns are usually either straight or wild, although they can sometimes be interlocked, as well. Although opinions differ, Olivewood is thought by many to be a very durable wood, although it can be suspect to insect / bug infestation. The wood is considered to be a superb turner, and it generally works, glues and finishes well. Because the fruit of the Olive tree is olives, there is a limited supply of Olivewood that is made available to the US.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Religious symbolic / functional objects (typically carvings or turnings), furniture, veneer, musical instruments, carvings, turned objects, and small specialty wood items.

Comments: For wood craftsmen of all niches, Olivewood is highly desired for its often spectacular aesthetics; being known for its gorgeous, often-twisting grain patterns and dramatic figuring. Defects are not uncommon, and can often present some challenges when working, but hard work and perseverance can produce extraordinary results; there’s really no other wood quite like it.

Found in the Mediterranean Basin — from Portugal to the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula — and Southern Asia, as far east as China, the Olive tree grows as a small evergreen tree or shrub. It is also known to grow in the Canary Islands, Mauritius and R?union. The species is / has been cultivated in many places; it’s considered “naturalized” in the Mediterranean coast countries, as well as in Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Java (Indonesia), Norfolk Island, (the U.S. state) California, and Bermuda.

Its trunk is generally twisted and/or gnarled, making long, undefected boards quite rare. When found, they command a premium price.

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Botanical Name

Olea europeaea subs. africana

Other Names

Olivewood

Main Color Group

Variegated

Grain Pattern

Figured

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

62

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

990

Janka Hardness - LBF

2700

Janka Hardness - Newtons

12010

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Knife Scales - Olive - Wild
R80.50R138.0012 × 3.5 × 0.7 cmKNIFEOLIVEW1001

Wild Olive Knife Scales – Bookmatched set

Choose small or large from dropdown

Small minimum dimensions: 12×3.5×0.7cm
Large minimum dimensions:min 17×3.5×0.7cm

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Olive - Wild
R320.45124 × 9 × 3.2 cmOLIV1032
Out of stock

width varies. Board does have some knots and surfce check. Board does have a hole on 1 face

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Olive - Wild
R247.01128 × 9 × 2.4 cmOLIV1031
Out of stock

width varies. Lovely board with surface check and a few small cracks on 1 end

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Olive - Wild
R327.13169 × 18 × 1.5 cmOLIV1030
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. board is very sappy and has a surface check

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Olive - Wild
R527.40167 × 18 × 2.3 cmOLIV1029
Weight 7.9 kg
Dimensions 167 × 18 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Knots on both faces. Board has a 47cm crack on one end. Both faces have a lot of sapwood

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Olive - Wild
R473.40170 × 19 × 2.4 cmOLIV1028
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. Board also has a surface check on one side and a 13cm crack in the middle of the board

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Olive - Wild
R307.10114.3 × 20 × 2.4 cmOLIV1027
Out of stock

width varies. Stunning board with knots on both faces

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Olive - Wild
R455.18127 × 12 × 3.2 cmOLIV1026
Weight 7.5 kg
Dimensions 127 × 12 × 3.2 cm
Grade

B

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Surface checks on 1 face and the other face very sappy

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Olive - Wild
R520.73143 × 17 × 2.4 cmOLIV1025
Weight 7.8 kg
Dimensions 143 × 17 × 2.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Board has a few knots and marks on both faces and a surface check on 1 face.

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Olive - Wild
R467.33127 × 22 × 2.4 cmOLIV1024
Out of stock

width varies. Lovely grain but a few holes in board

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Olive - Wild
R160.23160 × 8 × 2.1 cmOLIV1023
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on 1 face other face is sappy

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Olive - Wild
R327.13103.5 × 19 × 2.4 cmOLIV1022
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. 2 small holes in board

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Olive - Wild
R467.33153 × 12 × 3.4 cmOLIV1021
Weight 7 kg
Dimensions 153 × 12 × 3.4 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Knots on both faces. Wane presence and a lot of sapwood on 1 face

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Olive - Wild
R370.2269 × 31 × 2.5 cmOLIV1020
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. 28cm crack on board

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Olive - Wild
R349.58137 × 21 × 2.4 cmOLIV1019
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. 76cm crack down the middle of board

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Olive - Wild
R242.77114 × 17 × 2 cmOLIV1018
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces and minor cracks on surface

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Olive - Wild
R500.70153.5 × 15 × 3.1 cmOLIV1017
Weight 7.5 kg
Dimensions 153.5 × 15 × 3.1 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Knots on both faces and a few worm holes

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Olive - Wild
R327.13132 × 12 × 2.6 cmOLIV1016
Out of stock

width varies. Nice board with knots on both faces. A lot of sapwood on 1 side

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Olive - Wild
R234.88162 × 13 × 1.9 cmOLIV1015
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces and a lot of cracks

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Olive - Wild
R520.73152 × 23 × 2.4 cmOLIV1014
Out of stock

width varies. Rustic board with 2 holes in it and a few knots. 1 side is sappy.

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Olive - Wild
R240.34170 × 9 × 2.3 cmOLIV1013
Weight 3.6 kg
Dimensions 170 × 9 × 2.3 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Knots on one face and some small defects on other face

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Olive - Wild
R540.76145 × 17 × 3 cmOLIV1012
Weight 8.1 kg
Dimensions 145 × 17 × 3 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edge Board (2 sides)

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

width varies. Knots on both faces and some surface checks and small cracks

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Olive - Wild
R233.66163 × 8 × 2 cmOLIV1011
Out of stock

width vairies. Knots on both faces and some surface checks. Piece has a lot of sapwood on 1 face

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Olive - Wild
R206.95120 × 14 × 2 cmOLIV1010
Out of stock

width varies. Knots on both faces. Piece is abit sappy

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Olive - Wild
R213.64144 × 10 × 2.2 cmOLIV1009
Out of stock

width vairies. Knots on both faces. 1 side is very sappy

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Pen Blanks - Olive - Wild
R40.2513 × 2 × 2 cmPENOLIVW1001
Weight 0.08 kg
Dimensions 13 × 2 × 2 cm
Botanical Name

Olea europaea subs. Africana

Grade

AAA

Piece Type

Pen Blank

Figure

Various

Title Discount Range
Bulk Blanks 5% 5 - 9
Bulk Blanks 10% 10 - 19
Bulk Blanks 20% 20 +

Wild Olive Pen Blanks
Price is for one blank
Discounts may apply if you take five or more
Blanks will be minimum 13x2x2

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Olive - Wild
R313.78158 × 15 × 2 cmOLIV1007
Out of stock

Beautiful board with lovely colour variation but has a few knots and minor cracks.

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Olive - Wild
R320.45114 × 15 × 2 cmOLIV1008
Out of stock

Lovely board, with colour variation and a few knots.

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Olive - Wild
R781.09142 × 32 × 2.6 cmOLIV1004
Out of stock

Some minor cracks on surface.

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Olive - Wild
R460.64167 × 20 × 2 cmOLIV1005
Out of stock

Lovely board with colour variation and a few knots. Board has a few minor cracks on surface.

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Olive - Wild
R1,595.57141 × 20 × 6.8 cmOLIV1006
Out of stock

Beautiful board with lovely colour variation, but has a few worm holes and cracks.

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Olive - Wild
R554.12143 × 20 × 2.6 cmOLIV1002
Weight 8.3 kg
Dimensions 143 × 20 × 2.6 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

Beautiful board with minor defects. Has a few knots and a small crack on one end of the board.

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Olive - Wild
R467.33127.5 × 17 × 2.6 cmOLIV1003
Out of stock

Lovely board with a few knots and minor defect on 1 surface.

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Olive - Wild
R453.97132 × 28 × 1.6 cmOLIV1001
Out of stock

Lovely colour variation. Has a few knots and crack in the middle.

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