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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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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 Range Discount
Bulk Blanks 5 - 9 5%
Bulk Blanks 10 - 19 10%
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
Weight 4.7 kg
Dimensions 158 × 15 × 2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

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

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Olive - Wild
R460.64167 × 20 × 2 cmOLIV1005
Weight 6.9 kg
Dimensions 167 × 20 × 2 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

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
Weight 23.9 kg
Dimensions 141 × 20 × 6.8 cm
Grade

AB

Piece Type

Live Edged Board

S2S

Yes

Figure

Flatsawn

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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