Olive Tree Carving Technique

The first step in carving involves “roughing out” pieces.

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In shops that are able to employ others, this is a good way to start training.  Palestinian olive wood is heavy, dense and durable with a distinctive red pigment in its grain. As it ages, it will become darker and richer in color making it even more beautiful. The carving of details comes next. While the big shops employ machines that copy carvings up to 12 at a time, the small workshops largely carve every piece by hand. Once carved, the wood is sanded and coated with varnish to protect it and highlight the texture of the grain. There is no need for oiling or further treatment of any kind since olive wood is naturally durable.


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