Olea europeaea subs. africana
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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.
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.
|$111.31||AB||28 x 11 x 1.25 in||OLWIL1014|| |
End Check Heart Crack 1 side
|$182.39||AB||55 x 7.5 x 1.25 in||OLWIL1013|| |
End Checks Open Knots 1 side Pith Crack
|$208.86||A||53.5 x 11 x 1.125 in||OLWIL1012|| |
End Crack Beautiful Figure
|$274.71||A||48 x 12.5 x 1.625 in||OLWIL1011|| |
|$286.68||AB||53 x 6 x 1.75 in||OLWIL1010|| |
End Checks Open defects 1 side 10.5″ wide end
|$272.75||B||58.5 x 12.5 x 1.375 in||OLWIL1009|| |
End Crack Open Knots Surface Cracks
|$204.98||B||49 x 14 x 1.375 in||OLWIL1008|| |
Pith Crack Beautiful Figure
|$116.78||A||44.5 x 5 x 1.375 in||OLWIL1007|| |
End Checks Pith crack
|$230.09||AB||55.5 x 10.5 x 1.1875 in||OLWIL1006|| ||230.09|
|$146.10||A||50.5 x 6 x 1.25 in||OLWIL1005|| ||146.1|
|$157.65||B||47.75 x 6 x 1.125 in||OLWLD1004|| |
Heart Crack End checks Planer skips Wide end 10.5″
|$146.30||B||39 x 7.375 x 1.375 in||OLWLD1003|| |
Heart crack End checks Planer skips Widest part 9.25
|$225.61||AB||57.5 x 7.75 x 1.25 in||OLWIL1002|| |
Some checks in sap Heart crack Visually stunning
|$194.78||AB||48 x 9.5 x 1.25 in||OLWIL1001|| |
Planer skip back side Some surface checks End checks
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