The olive wood is considered one of the most beautiful and durable. Greenish ocher with very irregular brown streaks forming distinctively patterned. It has a silky, high hardness, durability, homogeneity and some plasticity, if not excessive drying, so it is used to make handles of axes and hoes.
Olive wood dries slowly and has a tendency to crack and crack. It is robust and abrasion resistant. It is difficult to saw, although it works well, obtaining very smooth and polished finishes, admitting good dyes. Preparing olive materials is very limited due to the difficulty of its handling by various factors such as its hardness, grain, drying…
Olive wood has a negligible absorption, making it resistant to odors, so it is perfectly valid for use in cookware. This way we can find spoons, mortars, tables, dishes and olive Wooden Handicrafts made with olive most common.
The artisans are a group of people with technical expertise and some automation within a human group that is dominated by farming. These craftsmen were usually own the products and means of production and are used to help by apprentices who were initiated into the craft. The products that were produced were usually expensive, largely due to labor and time required for their manufacture. With the advent of the industrial revolution, the craft guilds declined largely due to the lowering of production costs brought about by the industry.
Artisans have remained linked to agriculture and rural area and have maintained their prestige and quality of his works, giving distinction and uniqueness that can hardly be found in a product produced industrially.
Production of Olive wood pieces has remained on a small scale due to the characteristics of the raw material and the time and dedication it requires work. However, looks increasingly at fairs, markets and shops the presence of these Handicrafts, hand-made by families who continue the tradition of this art as genuine.
The development of a piece of olive wood craft requires preparation before the work of the craftsman of wood, between these tasks can include: Tala: This is done at the end of the campaign is to cut olive and olive branches to unproductive or troublesome for the olive harvest. Choosing the appropriate branches by size using the ax, following logging. Drying: Buried and unearthed from the branches selected for the piece. This work can be extended to a year.
Dry wood, we proceed to the development of the piece or furniture. Olive wood can not make large furniture or large items because the tree does not provide planks, or gluing the boards for his singing is durable. It then proceeds to the work of sawing, planing, contour tracing, cutting and rounding of the back, pierced, grinding, turning, assembly and finally varnished.