Olive wood, originaly from Mediterranean area, is used in the countries of origin, for all types of fine crafts, turning, cabinet-making for high-end work. Typically used in Spain, to the artisanal production of handles knives and kitchen utensils.
(The pictures are purely indicative, in order to show as it is. Materials as wood vary your drawing or pattern, with each part. Sizes are approximate.)
Common name (s): Olivo, Olive
Scientific name: Olea europaea
Distribution: Europe and East Africa
Tree size: 4-12 m) in height, 1.0 to 1.8 m diameter of trunk
Hardness (kg/m3): 900-1200
Colour / appearance: cream-coloured or yellowish brown, with contrasting darker streaks of brown or black, tends to darken with the passage of time. The olive tree tends to have "burls" or very wavy figures, with colorful bead.
Grains / texture: straight, slightly, woven fiber are wood with figures, extreme, full of knots. Uniform, fine texture with high natural luster.
Resistance: moderately durable against rot, susceptible to insect attack.
Workability: easy to work, areas of woods with very interwoven fibers can hinder his work, as it is the case with other Woods. Finishing glossy natural, fine.
Odor: odorless, when it cuando se trabaja it works follows a scent fresh and fruity olive oil.
Allergies / toxicity: though the reactions are very rare, have been reported cases of irritation to irritation of eyes and skin, especially in people who are allergic. Follow the usual precaucciones, when working with wood.
Sustainability: is not included in the appendices of the CITES or on the red list of endangered species of the IUCN.
Common uses: turning, crafts of high-end, luxury furniture, tool handles, utensils, expensive knives handles.