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(from the middle east)



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Shittim wood (Acacia)
Cut in the Sinai Desert


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Photo of an actual Shittah (acacia tree) in Sinai desert
Note that Shittah/shittim is the singular and shittum is  the plural. 

Pieces of real shittum wood cut legally in the Sinai Desert of Israel.  Our source has been given permission to cut
some trees that grew in an old quarry that is being cleared.  These pieces are 3/4" x 3/4" x 5" -5.5" long.  To understand more of why it is important see Exodus, Chapter 25 in the Bible Old Testament.  We have had many requests over the years so we are very happy to be able to offer these to our customers, probably just at occasional intervals when we can get them. It can take years in between shipments. Certification is not available from the source (we asked but they said it was too much trouble for such a small number of blanks). WE HAVE NOW MADE OUR OWN CERTIFICATES FOR THIS WOOD. THEY ARE BASED ON OUR RECEIVING THEM FROM ISRAEL AND THE ASSURANCES THE SOURCE HAS GIVEN US. REQUEST THEM IN THE SHOPPING CART.

Limited restock on 1/2020



Shittim Medium/darker color heartwood pen blanks
 3/4 x 5-5.25 inches long. From Sinai desert.
Available with a certificate on request.

Price: 14.50

Shittim Part Sapwood pen blanks

 Heartwood colors vary 

  From Sinai desert. 3/4 x 5-5.25 inches long. From Sinai desert. 
Available with a certificate on request.

Price: 14.50

Olivewood from BethlehemOlivewood from Bethlehem
(These are from prunings, Sustainable harvest)


Samples of pieces for sale.  These were cut from olive tree prunings in Bethlehem. You
can request authentication certificates for these Bethlehem items in the "cert" box when you checkout. 

Olivewood from Bethlehem (High contrast---excellent lines )
PEN BLANKS 3/4" square by 5 to 5.5 inches long
Price: $4.50


Bethlehem Olivewood 3/4 x 5-5.25 pen blank
Figured pieces, mostly curly grain
Price: $9.00

These are very good pieces with nice lines. Sample photo similar to what you'll get

 All Bethlehem olivewood bigger then pen blanks usually have some kind of checking, though not severe. They are cut from branch wood in order not to destroy the trees and branch wood is more likely to check then wood from the trunk of a tree.

Olivewood from Bethlehem
1.75 x 1.75 x 12 inches
Price: out of stock for now, different size coming end of May


Olivewood cut in Jerusalem
(cut from tree prunings, sustainable harvest)


Samples the nice lines in this wood.  Cut from Olivewood in Jerusalem. You can request certifications of authenticity in the "cert" box of the shopping cart when you checkout. BACK after 6 years of waiting!--next to impossible for us to get this wood from Jerusalem. Restocked on 3/2020 in limited supply

Olivewood from JERUSALEM
3/4" square by 5.25 to 5.5 long
FIGURE (curl or other types) only a small quantity available
Price: $9.00

Qty:    out of stock for now, restock date not known yet



Carob Wood from Israel
(Ceratonia siliqua)
Carob is a beautiful wood mentioned in the Bible in Luke 15:16. The word "carat" comes from the carob tree seeds, which are very uniform in weight and were used to determine the weight of one "carat". The inside of the seedpods are used in modern times as a chocolate substitute.

Carob pen blank in medium dark color, from Israel
Price: $6.75

Carob pen blank in PART SAPWOOD/PART HEARTWOOD, from Israel
Price: $5.75


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