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Olive – Wild

Olea europeaea subs. africana
Also known as |
Olivewood
Olive - Wild Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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 susceptible 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.

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 Reunion. 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, defected free boards quite rare. When found, they command a premium price.

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

Why We Love This Wood

The Wild Olive we stock which comes from South Africa might be a little more rustic than some of the European Olive available, but we think the wild grain patterns are just superb!

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupVariegated
    Grain Pattern Figured
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF5.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3990
    Janka Hardness - LBF2700
    Janka Hardness - N12010
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    4/4-8/4 Live edged boards
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    Olive – Wild

    Cracks and knots. Chip split.

    OLWIL1090
    39.5 × 5 × 1 in

    Cracks and knots. Chip split.

    $69.22

    Olive – Wild

    Cracks and knots. Chip split.

    OLWIL1090
    39.5 × 5 × 1 in

    $69.22

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1090
    39.5 × 5 × 1 in

    $69.22

    Olive – Wild

    Crack.

    OLWIL1087
    63.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    Crack.

    $140.96

    Olive – Wild

    Crack.

    OLWIL1087
    63.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $140.96

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1087
    63.69 × 5.25 × 1 in

    $140.96

    Olive – Wild

    Knots, cracks, chip split.

    OLWIL1086
    68.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

    Knots, cracks, chip split.

    $205.77

    Olive – Wild

    Knots, cracks, chip split.

    OLWIL1086
    68.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

    $205.77

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1086
    68.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in

    $205.77

    Olive – Wild

    Cracks.

    OLWIL1085
    54.25 × 7 × 1.69 in

    Cracks.

    $208.58

    Olive – Wild

    Cracks.

    OLWIL1085
    54.25 × 7 × 1.69 in

    $208.58

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1085
    54.25 × 7 × 1.69 in

    $208.58

    Olive – Wild

    Clear.

    OLWIL1084
    51.5 × 5.38 × 1.19 in

    Clear.

    $106.63

    Olive – Wild

    Clear.

    OLWIL1084
    51.5 × 5.38 × 1.19 in

    $106.63

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1084
    51.5 × 5.38 × 1.19 in

    $106.63

    Olive – Wild

    1 Hole, Nice board

    OLWIL1081
    32.5 × 4.5 × 1.38 in

    1 Hole, Nice board

    $122.34

    Olive – Wild

    1 Hole, Nice board

    OLWIL1081
    32.5 × 4.5 × 1.38 in

    $122.34

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1081
    32.5 × 4.5 × 1.38 in

    $122.34

    Olive – Wild

    Width varies

    OLWIL1079
    47.5 × 6.5 × 1 in

    Width varies

    $133.75

    Olive – Wild

    Width varies

    OLWIL1079
    47.5 × 6.5 × 1 in

    $133.75

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1079
    47.5 × 6.5 × 1 in

    $133.75

    Olive – Wild

    Defect on the face

    OLWIL1078
    48 × 4.5 × 1 in

    Defect on the face

    $90.54

    Olive – Wild

    Defect on the face

    OLWIL1078
    48 × 4.5 × 1 in

    $90.54

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1078
    48 × 4.5 × 1 in

    $90.54

    Olive – Wild

    Width varies

    OLWIL1076
    45.25 × 6 × 1 in

    Width varies

    $98.21

    Olive – Wild

    Width varies

    OLWIL1076
    45.25 × 6 × 1 in

    $98.21

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1076
    45.25 × 6 × 1 in

    $98.21

    Olive – Wild

    Small hole

    OLWIL1075
    59 × 4.5 × 1 in

    Small hole

    $108.87

    Olive – Wild

    Small hole

    OLWIL1075
    59 × 4.5 × 1 in

    $108.87

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1075
    59 × 4.5 × 1 in

    $108.87

    Olive – Wild

    Nice board

    OLWIL1074
    57 × 5 × 1.19 in

    Nice board

    $172.85

    Olive – Wild

    Nice board

    OLWIL1074
    57 × 5 × 1.19 in

    $172.85

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1074
    57 × 5 × 1.19 in

    $172.85

    Olive – Wild

    Couple holes

    OLWIL1073
    45 × 5 × 1.19 in

    Couple holes

    $113.18

    Olive – Wild

    Couple holes

    OLWIL1073
    45 × 5 × 1.19 in

    $113.18

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1073
    45 × 5 × 1.19 in

    $113.18

    Olive – Wild

    Nice board

    OLWIL1067
    44.38 × 6 × 0.94 in

    Nice board

    $113.36

    Olive – Wild

    Nice board

    OLWIL1067
    44.38 × 6 × 0.94 in

    $113.36

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1067
    44.38 × 6 × 0.94 in

    $113.36

    Olive – Wild

    Crack.

    OLWIL1066
    37.06 × 5 × 1.5 in

    Crack.

    $152.27

    Olive – Wild

    Crack.

    OLWIL1066
    37.06 × 5 × 1.5 in

    $152.27

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1066
    37.06 × 5 × 1.5 in

    $152.27

    Olive – Wild

    Checks, bark inclusion.

    OLWIL1065
    60.06 × 5 × 1.81 in

    Checks, bark inclusion.

    $221.68

    Olive – Wild

    Checks, bark inclusion.

    OLWIL1065
    60.06 × 5 × 1.81 in

    $221.68

    Olive – Wild
    OLWIL1065
    60.06 × 5 × 1.81 in

    $221.68

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