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Biblical woods
(from the middle east)


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Biblical woods

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Shittim wood (Acacia)
Cut in the Sinai Desert


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Photo of an actual Shittah (acacia tree) in Sinai desert
Note that Shittah/shittim is the singular and shittum is  the plural. 

Pieces of real shittum wood cut legally in the Sinai Desert.  Our source has only been given permission to cut
one tree and only a small amount is available. (See news below)  These pieces are 3/4" x 3/4" x 5" -5.5" long.  To understand more of why it is important see Exodus, Chapter 25 in the Bible Old Testament.  We have had many requests over the years so we are very happy to be able to offer these to our customers, probably just at occasional intervals when we can get them. Certification is not available from the source (we asked but they said it was too much trouble for such a small number of blanks). WE HAVE NOW MADE OUR OWN CERTIFICATES FOR THIS WOOD. THEY ARE BASED ON OUR RECEIVING THEM FROM ISRAEL AND THE ASSURANCES THE SOURCE HAS GIVEN US. REQUEST THEM IN THE SHOPPING CART.

Limited restock on 8/17



Shittim Light/medium color heartwood pen blanks
11/16 to 3/4 x 5-5.5 long. From Sinai desert.
NEW: Now available with a certificate on request.

Price: 14.50

olivewood cut in Bethlehem
(These are from prunings, Sustainable harvest)


Samples of pieces for sale.  These were cut from olive tree prunings in Bethlehem. You can request authentication certificates for these Bethlehem items in the "cert" box when you checkout. 

Olivewood from Bethlehem (High contrast---excellent lines )
3/4" square by 5.25 to 5.5 long
Price: $4.50

Olivewood from Bethlehem
2 inch cubes (2 x 2 x 2)
Price: 4.50


Olivewood cut in Jerusalem
(cut from tree prunings, sustainable harvest)


Samples of the pieces for sale.  Cut in Jerusalem. You can request certifications of authenticity in the "cert" box of the shopping cart when you checkout.

Olivewood from JERUSALEM
3/4" square by 5.25 to 5.5 long




Carob Wood from Israel
(Ceratonia siliqua)
Carob is a beautiful wood mentioned in the Bible in Luke 15:16. The word "carat" comes from the carob tree seeds, which are very uniform in weight and were used to determine the weight of one "carat". The inside of the seedpods are used in modern times as a chocolate substitute.

Carob pen blank in medium dark color, from Israel
Price: $6.75

Carob pen blank in PART SAPWOOD/PART HEARTWOOD, from Israel
Price: $5.75


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