Beauty- The lively grain exudes quality and style with wild figuring, burr and sometimes even a double pattern. Wild means an irregular grain with unpredictable features. I love the golden colour with deep coffee swirls. The dark lines are from late summer growth where growth is slow; pale yellow is the spring growth.
Long life - Olive wood is from hot countries so it naturally gets thirsty. It is partial to a wee dram of olive oil once in a while. This means the wood matures and improves, darkening with age. It should be doing really well when your children pass it to their grand-children!
Fine finish - The arid conditions mean slow growth which makes the cell formation extra hard. and the wood very dense. Added to this, a closed grain which stays smooth and you achieve a highly polished finish.
Sustainable and ethical - older boughs are sawn off to encourage new growth with higher olive yield so the timber is just a by product of the olive industry. All productive olive trees have been planted by man and hundreds are replanted every year. I try to only source wood which is being managed using ethical and sustainable methods.
Today people around the world try to catch up with the tonnes of olive oil imbibed by Italians over the years. it is well known that it even turns the very skin olive in colour. The legendary elixir was said to have allowed Jeanne Calment (the world's oldest women) her 121 years. She used to drink it and rub it into her skin everyday ! Here she is...