Griffin Exotic Wood

African Wild Olivewood

This wood is found mostly in South Africa.  It is a gnarly tree that is slow growing.  This material is harvested legally through a permit system.  It is a very dense, fine grained wood that is wonderful for woodturning and many other uses.  Has a pleasant smell. Note that these are high quality pieces without checks or voids, not seconds. Most of our Olivewood is dried (will be marked on the item if dried, except pen blanks which are always dried). This is no simple process. The logs are allowed to dry for 4-10 years and they crack profusely during the process. We then get an average yeild of 18% from each log that is good enough to make the pieces we sell, and mostly we get pen blanks. Many logs can't produce a single 2 x 2 x 12. Selling wet olivewood is different and has far lower costs to the seller (but more trouble for the buyer). To dry a piece that is 2 x 2 x 12 from the wet/waxed state will take at least 3 years of constant humidity above a certain level and a fairly constant temperature. For that reason, the pieces not marked dried are far cheaper since there is about 75% less labor to produce them. Truly dry olivewood is so much trouble to produce that it is rare on the market in these defect free pieces we make. When we say "air dried" or "kiln dried" we mean the wood is known to be at less then 12% moisture. We use 12% moisture as a maximum because in most locales this is dry enough to work immediately. Be aware that most vendors offering "air dry" wood are offering very wet wood, or wood with unknown moisture content.  

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Wild Olivewood pen
Price: $3.80

Typical 1 x 1 x 12 appearance.
Wild Olivewood 1 x 1 x 12
air dried completely

Price: $6.50 (was 11.50)

Wild Olivewood 1 x 1 x 18
air dried

Price: $16.50 (was 17.50)

Wild Olivewood 1.75 x 1.75 x 16
air dried

Price: $46.50

Wild Olivewood 2 x 2 x 12 inches
partially dry, has been drying with wax on for over two years.

Price: $24.50

Wild Olivewood 2 x 2 x 24 inches
AIR DRIED (to 12% or below)
Some curl throughout piece

Price: $100.00 , (was 110.00)

Wild Olivewood 2 x 2 x 28 7/8 inches
AIR DRIED (to below 12%)
Some curl throughout piece

Price: $122.00

Wild Olivewood 2 x 6 x 6
AIR DRIED to below 12%
This piece has dried for over 4 years!

Price: $55.00

Click photo for another view . This board is completely dried. There is one large knot visible on the back, as well as a few that look like tiny black dots. It is rare for Wild Olivewood to be this large without extensive defects and cracking. Also the curl figure makes it more uncommon. Very good curl throughout.

See a close-up of figure here (also shows color most accurately)

Click here for a close-up of figure.

Wild Olivewood Board
Piece 4
13/16 x 8.25 to 8.5 wide x 44 5/8 inches long
AIR DRIED to below 12% and planed
This piece has dried for over 4 years!

Price: $251.00



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