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Olive Wood Collections

Olive wood boards, bowls, utensils, gifts and more.

Olive Wood:
The olive tree is native to the Holy Land where it has been cultivated since ancient times. According to historians, the first olive groves took root in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean around 4,000 B.C. It is a slow growing tree which fills during the first 7 years of it's life. It is especially productive thought out her life. Growing to heights ranging from 10 to 40 feet (3 to 12 meters), Reaching the age of 200 the trunk disappears, shoots develop at the base of the trunk which eventually grow into a new tree, hence the reputation as the immortal tree.

Between April and June a multitude of small, white perfumed flowers appear in groups under the preceding year's leaves. They only last a few weeks. One olive is born for about 20 flowers. Normally the first flowering only takes place after about 8 years.

Out of great respect, the people of the Holy Land protect (at times with their lives) the trees refusing to ever cut them down. In the middle of October, the people of the Holy Land pick the olive fruits to either press them and get the olive oil or to make olive to eat and cook. Once the oil has been pressed out of the olives what remains can be used to make pure olive oil soap. Once the olives have all been picked it is time to cut the branches and begin the pruning process.

Some facts:
  • Olive wood is a hard and non-porous wood that is ideal for products such as chopping boards and kitchen items. It will not absorb flavours, odours or bacteria and it does not stain.
  • The pattern and complexity of the olive wood grain denotes from where on the tree the particular item comes from.
  • Large pieces of olive wood are rarely found due to the gnarly way the trees grow and because they split and twist with age.
  • The olive branch often held by a dove is a symbol of peace.