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Highly prized for it’s exceptional grain, Olivewood has become a favorite of
woodturners. The heartwood is nutty brown, interlaced with fine veins of dark
brown and greenish hues. The sapwood is a base of creamy yellow with
similar striping. Olivewood is hard, heavy and fine textured. It turns and
polishes beautifully. These turning blanks are available in an assortment of
sizes for bowls, platters, carvings, bottle stoppers, chess pieces, tool handles,
table legs, spindles, finials, candlesticks and whatever else your imagination
can conjure up!
Due to high demand and limited supply, we cannot always guarantee that this
item will be in stock. Turning Blanks come rough sawn to nominal thickness
and are coated with wax.
- Botanical name: Olea europaea.
- Native to: Northern Africa, the Middle East and Southern Europe.
Also grown in California, Florida and Arizona.
- Tree: Olive trees may grow to 25' tall, with trunk diameters of up to
12", and may live as long as 1500 years.
- Heartwood: Nutty brown with veins of rich green and dark brown.
Acquires a rich patina with exposure to UV rays.
- Sapwood: Creamy golden color, interlaced with darker stripes.
- Texture: Fine, with closed pores.
- Working Characteristics: Routs and planes well with carbide cutters.
Turns and carves beautifully. Sawing and drilling are somewhat difficult. Keep
tools very sharp. Prebore when nailing and screwing.
- Movement: Unstable. Exhibits great movement with humidity
- Odor: Emits a faint, sweet aroma when machined.
- Polish: Can be polished to an exceptional sheen.
- Strength: Very hard, heavy and strong.
Customer Reviews and Photos for:
Olivewood Turning Blanks
(5 customer reviews)
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1) Submitted by
David Mills, from Bolivar, TN
I made a deer grunt call and it is a beautiful wood. The grain and finish are truely super.
2) Submitted by
Charle E. Hess, from Henderson, KY.
This is as fine a piece of Olive I've ever turned. Very well pleased with. Made some beautiful short-reed goose calls.
3) Submitted by
John Horrocks, from Milford, CT
The knife in the photo is not even the nicest knife I made out of this piece of olivewood, the nicest one sold immediately. This wood turns beautifully, it polishes nicely and smells like there is an air freshener in the room when you work it. The piece I recieved is very heavy making a nicely balanced oyster knife. I highly recommend this turning wood to anyone.
4) Submitted by
Randall Lewis, from Pikeville, TN
I loved the olivewood. I made pens and they were great.
5) Submitted by
Bert Atsma, from Hackettstown, NJ
As you can see from the photo, the product description is pretty accurate: brown and creamy yellow with an interesting grain pattern. These items are from two different pieces purchased from Rockler. The first (the bottle stopper) was a little more dense and harder (you can see the grain is tighter). The second was just that little bit softer that made it easy to work with, but still plenty hard and durable. These are both sanded to 600 grit and then finished with tung oil, and 3 coats of clear shellac.
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