The olive tree (Olea europaea) is an evergreen tree primarily at home in the Mediterranean region. It does not like climatic extremes and frost will cause permanent damage. It is less affected by extreme heat. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth, thanks, of course, to the oil obtained from its fruits. The olive grows extremely slowly, only reaching 30 to 60 feet in height, and lives for centuries or even millennia.
The wood is dense, hard, and particularly gorgeous when taken from old overgrown and gnarled trees. I personally know no wood that needs longer to dry (because of its oil content). In fact, as the saying goes, olive wood is never done drying. However, it is also very cooperative and only tends to crack in the first years of drying (10 years or more, depending on the size of the wood cut). After a few years, even the wet end grain is no longer a problem in my experience.
Dimensions: approx. 610 x 40 x 40 mm
The shown is a sample piece, you'll get a similar piece
The piece is dry and can be processed immediately
Olive wood dries extremely slowly (more than 5 years are not uncommon), therefore - especially with thicker pieces - a minimal residual moisture can be contained. Therefore, a note on processing - pre-work pieces (for example, pre-drill) and keep some material to compensate for any possible delay. Leave the pieces for a few days and then finish them.
Finely grained wood may contain imperfections such as open knots, bark inclusions, or cracks that are typical of the species. These flaws come from the way the tree has grown and are completely natural. They can usually be filled with low-viscosity cyanoacrylate (super glue) and wood dust.