Olive – Wild

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Botanical Name

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.

Species Description: Wood Species

Turning Squares - Olive - Wild
$12.0012 x 1.5 x 1.5 inTURNOLIVW1001

Our Wild Olive turning blanks come in 2 sizes and are good quality lumber.

The photographs are representative of the stock you will receive.



Olive - Wild
$111.3128 x 11 x 1.25 inOLWIL1014
Out of stock

End Check Heart Crack 1 side

Olive - Wild
$182.3955 x 7.5 x 1.25 inOLWIL1013

End Checks Open Knots 1 side Pith Crack

Olive - Wild
$208.8653.5 x 11 x 1.125 inOLWIL1012
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End Crack Beautiful Figure

Olive - Wild
$274.7148 x 12.5 x 1.625 inOLWIL1011

Planer Skip

Olive - Wild
$286.6853 x 6 x 1.75 inOLWIL1010

End Checks Open defects 1 side 10.5″ wide end

Olive - Wild
$272.7558.5 x 12.5 x 1.375 inOLWIL1009

End Crack Open Knots Surface Cracks

Olive - Wild
$204.9849 x 14 x 1.375 inOLWIL1008

Pith Crack Beautiful Figure

Olive - Wild
$116.7844.5 x 5 x 1.375 inOLWIL1007
Out of stock

End Checks Pith crack

Olive - Wild
$230.0955.5 x 10.5 x 1.1875 inOLWIL1006
Olive - Wild
$146.1050.5 x 6 x 1.25 inOLWIL1005
Out of stock
Olive - Wild
$157.6547.75 x 6 x 1.125 inOLWLD1004
Out of stock

Heart Crack End checks Planer skips Wide end 10.5″

Olive - Wild
$146.3039 x 7.375 x 1.375 inOLWLD1003
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Heart crack End checks Planer skips Widest part 9.25

Olive - Wild
$225.6157.5 x 7.75 x 1.25 inOLWIL1002

Some checks in sap Heart crack Visually stunning

Olive - Wild
$194.7848 x 9.5 x 1.25 inOLWIL1001
Out of stock

Planer skip back side Some surface checks End checks


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