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The olive tree has played a central role in the lives of the people who live in the Mediterranean region since ancient times.
Olive tree wood is hard and challenging to work with, but its highly reflective polished surface, a result of the high oil content that softens its consistency, is just one of the features that makes it more than worth the effort.
The most used part of the olive tree is the base of the trunk. The upper section of the trunk tends to twist and crack, often opening up the tree's distinctive cavities and hollows. Depending on what the olive wood is being used to create, a craftsperson may also utilize larger branches, or the main body of the trunk itself. Even the roots can be used, but only after many years of seasoning, exposing them to the open air while keeping them sheltered from the sun and the rain.
When the carefully selected wood is considered suitable for working, artisans following centuries-old woodworking techniques craft individual items that are unique in colour and shape. Considering the difficulty in finding olive wood suitable for woodworking, and the challenge of working the wood itself, simply owning one of these products has come to be considered a great privilege.
Thanks to the extraordinary properties of olive wood, kitchen utensils, objets d'art and furniture are rendered unique, with the singular brown-yellow colour of the wood altering, depending on how the light and dark grains of the wood run through the object.
The lustre of olive wood combines splendour with everyday practicality, its unique form evoking distant eras and a deep sense of perennial craftsmanship.