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About Olive Wood

Olive tree is an evergreen tree belonging to the genus Olea, the family Oleaceae and the order Lamiales. According to fossil findings, the olive tree has its origins 20 million years ago in the Oligocene region that includes Italy, Tunisia and the East Mediterranean basin. The tree was planted first in the Mediterranean some 7000 years ago.

Olive usually grows in a very twisted and irregular way, with a large number of side branches twisting the trunk in many directions, which makes extracting large and straight pieces of lumber difficult. The vast majority of lumber extracted from grown Olive trees is cut into smaller pieces and is used for the creation of smaller indoor objects, with largest one usually being table top panels or structural objects in furniture.

Visually, olive wood has a strikingly rich and colorful appearance, which makes it perfect for use in decorative objects. Its structural features are highly contrasting brown lines and yellow streaks of sapwood, and even more importantly, the surface of olive wood can be easily polished to a high degree. While it can be a bit uncooperating during cutting, olive wood can easily be glued. During cutting, has a distinct, pleasant and sweet odor, and this odor usually remains present in the finished product for several years.

Olive wood is versatile and easy to work with, but even though it is hard and strong, it is not used for outdoors applications since it lacks the ability to survive in the open for long. It is very rarely available for purchase in lumber form factor.