African Wild Olivewood
This wood is found mostly in South
Africa. It is a gnarly tree that is slow growing. This material
is harvested legally through a permit system. It is a very dense,
fine grained wood that is wonderful for woodturning and many other uses.
Has a pleasant smell. Note that these are high quality pieces without
checks or voids, not seconds. Most of our Olivewood is dried (will be marked on the item if dried, except pen blanks which are always dried). This is no simple process. The logs are allowed to dry for 4-10 years and they crack profusely during the process. We then get an average yeild of 18% from each log that is good enough to make the pieces we sell, and mostly we get pen blanks. Many logs can't produce a single 2 x 2 x 12. Selling wet olivewood is different and has far lower costs. To dry a piece that is 2 x 2 x 12 from the wet/waxed state will take at least 3 years of constant humidity above a certain level and a fairly constant temperature. It takes about 3 years on average to dry a piece of that size if you can provide the right conditions. For that reason, the pieces not marked dried are far cheaper since there is about 75% less labor to produce them. Truly dry olivewood is so much trouble to produce that it is rare on the market in these defect free pieces we make.
SIZES ARE IN INCHES
unless specified otherwise.
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