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Billgraham

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517 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: olive wood source

I am looking for olive wood blocks suitable for turning or round trunk pieces 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Location along the I-5 corridor – I travel from Washington to Oregon twice a year. Any ideas where I might find this?

-- Bill Graham


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#1 posted 517 days ago

Jerusalem. They have loads of the stuff.

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#2 posted 517 days ago

I checked all my usual turning blank suppliers and the only place I found what you’re looking for is on ebay. Not a particularly common type of wood in this part of the world.

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 517 days ago

There are 2 guys on Lumberjocks who have Olive. RockB, who is in Redding, CA, just off I-5 and Mark (ccpanel), in Chico, Ca. off 99. Mark has posted in the this forum. 37 days ago. Check out Rocky at rockbswesternwoods.com or in the trade and swap forum here. He is a great guy and easy to deal with. Also check out woodbarter. Both sell Olive chunks on that site. I bought some from When he first offered it. I drove to Chico and got some nice pieces for a good price. Now I have to let it dry.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 517 days ago

All I could find is a 5”x2 round. http://www.pennstateind.com/store/WXPR01-4.html

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 517 days ago

There is a quite bit on ebay right now.

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 511 days ago

LumberJocks user ccpanel had some for sale in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. I can’t figure out how to drive up there to get ‘em from him, but I’m tempted.

And David Marks apparently has most of a tree sitting in his driveway that he’d like to sell off bits of.

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Knothead62

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#7 posted 511 days ago

Do a google search. Penn State has some. I think you will find several suppliers. Olive trees, according to my friends who went to Israel, are not cut but the wood is taken from limbs that are pruned.

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Reddog

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#8 posted 511 days ago

I just was in one of our local Woodcraft stores. They had several small bowl, pen, and call blanks in olive. It was the stuff they import from Jerusalem, so they’re getting a premium price. But I picked up two nice pieces of burl to make a couple duck calls.

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kiara583

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#9 posted 394 days ago

I have been tending to over 100 olive trees that were planted in the 1930’s but have become seriously overgrown. Any suggestions on what i should do with all the trimmings, branches, logs, stumps, and a few whole tree that have died. Located in southern california

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#10 posted 345 days ago

I was just offered a slab of Jerusalem, approx. 20” X 36” X 2” thick, and did a search here to learn a bit more about it. All I learned in this thread is that the first responder blew out a potentially valuable new member posting for the first time, with a ridiculous, smartass answer.

Just a little more of that sweet, sweet entertainment, no doubt!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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