A Few Holiday Photos #2: Lots of good figured olive veneer here !

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-04-2011 05:57 PM 1799 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A gelato bar with marquetry Part 2 of A Few Holiday Photos series Part 3: Buying Sawn Veneer in Paris (with saw video) »

We hopped a bus today to check out the old town of Roquebrune (France). I was intrigued by one of the major attractions listed in the tourist brochures for this little old ville perche just West of Menton. It claimed to have a 1000 year old olive tree. I just couldn’t let that one get by so we went for a look.

The first photo shows the tree as you approach along the footpath. (The sign says “Olivier millenaire”) It is growing down over a retaining wall that presumably predates it.

In the second one I got my wife to stand in front of it for some context. The exposed root area is probably twenty five to thirty feet wide.

You know how sometimes you look at a steer and all you see is a pile of steaks? Well I was looking at this ancient marvel and in my mind the only thought was “Man, that’s a lot of fine figured veneer !” I think (hope) we’ll be out of France before the authorities read this.

Ville perche (perched village) There are lots of small villages in this part of France that were built “perched” at the tops of steep pinnacles in order to be defend-able in their day. Now the attacking throngs bring their cameras, not their swords. I think this may signify progress.

Thanks for joining me


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 10-04-2011 06:22 PM

It is really impressive, see something, and believe me we, and I thought I’d do the same as you Paul.
Is intriguing to me how one day he will be a veneer of root roses in my garden – roses, which is about 40 years old!
I think even our imaginations can not imagine the veneer of this grand olive roots.
I hope that you will rejoice at the new gorgeous photos from your European odyssey!

I wish you a nice European days,


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#2 posted 10-04-2011 07:59 PM

You crack me up! While you salivate over the wood, most people would think, “That poor tree is holding on for dear life…..”
Enjoy your trip.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 10:07 PM

you could have got one branch

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 01:30 AM

That 2nd picture really is amazing and shows the size…every year I watch the tour de france and drool and wish for the day I can tour france and europe…enjoy every moment…thanks for sharing the adventure with us…


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 04:24 AM

Thanks Paul for sharing your adventures and photos. The pile of steaks analogy is spot on. I think all of us wood lovers do that kind of thing. When I was in New Zealand a few years ago, I visited some of the giant Kauri trees there, proported to be at least 2500 years old, and was thinking some crimminal thoughts , “hmmm what nice wide beautiful boards one could get out of this tree”. I always seem to be torn between wanting to save and admire beautiful trees, and wondering what beautiful wood lies just beneath the bark.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 05:26 AM

That’s an impressive olive tree.
More impressive is the retaining wall that’s part of it.

Thanks Paul!

Bon voyage.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 03:18 PM

oh yessssssss. what gr8 beauty. your wife looks very nice also.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 02:04 AM

Glad to see you having a great time Paul. I bet you have seen some great marquetry. I was on the mount of olives in Isreal where the trees were over 2000yrs old and still producing olives. Hope you have a wonderful trip and learn some new marquetry tricks & Ideas.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 04:00 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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