Doesn't Olive Smell GREAT??

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Olive tree fell in the front yard several years back. I held onto the biggest sections, knowing it would work out for SOMETHING other than barbecue..
This was a gift for my father-in-law who lives outside of Dallas. He says it looks great on his mantel. It was an outside section of the trunk, I cleaned it up, dug a hole in the back for the clock mechanism and voila. Got a lot of compliments on the piece before I put the clock into it. Wish I could take credit for it, but Someone Else designed it better than I could have.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 01:19 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of wood. You did a really great job on it.

I haven’t had the pleasure of cutting olive wood, but I do find it interesting how different woods, particularly exotics, vary in smell when I make cuts. Cherry and alder smell like wood when I cut them (duh), but others like wenge, chechen and chakte viga have really fresh aromas — all different, but very pleasant.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 01:46 AM

Looks like a whole lot of elbow grease went into that. Beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 04:15 AM

It’s funny you mention that, I’ve been carving a set of spoons, 2 spatulas, a ladle and 4 jam spreaders out of a block of olive wood. Every time I cut or sand the wood it smells like I poured olive oil out on the bench.

That’s a beautiful piece.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 04:30 AM

Very nice !!!

Now watch this video by Frank Howarth. Food for thought.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 04:42 AM

Very creative!
I had a Russian olive tree in Illinois and it did smell nice but it sure made a mess of my driveway.

It looked a lot like the first one in this photo!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 01-12-2017 05:19 AM

I live in Tucson, AZ, and olive trees are very prolific here. What’s funny in an odd way is that this is where doctors sent allergy and asthma patients back in the day for the dry climate. Well, out of homesickness, they brought their danged olive trees (and many others), which some folks are very allergic to. I think there is even a restriction on new planting.

My late mother had an olive tree in her front yard, and when that thing was blooming, I could go through a half box of Kleenex in a 2 hour visit.

That said, I love good olive oil, and as soon as I get a chance to land some olive wood to work with, I’m going to jump on it.

Oh, and Queen Creek Olive oil is a quality product, and you can take a fun and educational tour of their mill when your’e in Phoenix. The best time is harvest in the late fall.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 08:32 AM

Well done! It’s a beautiful piece. I love the look of olive.

I get my wood from a mill about an hour from my house and they had some olive last year that was simply gorgeous. It was a dark green and brown, well, it was olive green to be exact. I didn’t buy any, but wish I had. I looked for it when I went back a couple months ago and they had no olive.

What kind of finish did you use to get the look you achieved? Also, did you sand it and if so to what final grit?

-- TT

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#8 posted 01-12-2017 03:45 PM

beautiful piece

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#9 posted 01-15-2017 04:43 PM


-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#10 posted 01-15-2017 07:25 PM

Very nice !!!

Now watch this video by Frank Howarth. Food for thought.

- johnhutchinson

now THAT , was very interesting to watch !

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#11 posted 01-17-2017 09:12 PM

Jerry— You got that right! Had to take it in small batches because my shoulder could only handle so much at a time.
TexasTodd—I sanded it (as best I could) down to 400 grit. Was in a hurry toward the end and sprayed it (for best coverage in those tiny crevasses) with a glossy polyurethane. Still learning about finishes…
John—Nice video!!! I still have the rest of the slices…. hmm….. ideas for later…
Rich and Mike— I had to go to the store and get a jar of Spanish olives to satisfy the craving! I find that working with maple makes me want pancakes and really seems to attract the bees…

... and some people think all trees are alike!!!

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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