Olive wood - Mediterranean flair and hardest wood

Olive wood is not only used for Mediterranean-style kitchen utensils. What other uses are there for olive wood, and what are the special features of the wood of the olive tree, you will learn in detail in this post.

Technical values

Reading Descriptionvalue
density0.82-0.92 g / cc
Medium volume density870 kg / m³

Olive Tree species

The olive tree (olive tree) is available in different species. The most important species is the European olive tree, which can be found throughout the Mediterranean. However, the trees used for timber production today are predominantly in Africa, of all the other trees, only the olives are harvested.



Olive wood is very fine and evenly structured. The structures are clearly recognizable and very well balanced and evenly distributed. Darker stripes are part of the typical character of olive wood. As the olive tree grows slowly, the annual rings are very narrow.


Olive wood is yellowish to slightly reddish, the sapwood is usually cream to very light brown.


Olive wood is one of the hardest woods we have in Europe. It is very hard and dense, dries slowly, but hardly swells in water. The bendability of olive wood, however, is very poor.

Shrinkage and drying

Olive wood works very hard and has to be dried very slowly.


The aging resistance of heartwood is consistently good, natural protection against pests is provided by the special ingredients of the wood (oils and antiseptic substances).


High age

Olive trees (olive trees) can easily become up to 1,000 years old. They grow very slowly and very gnarly.

Very old crop

The olive tree has been cultivated in the Mediterranean since the 4th millennium BC, and therefore belongs to the oldest crops of humanity.


Olive wood is today mainly used for ornamental and art objects, but also for knife handles, boards and other kitchen items that are supposed to be "Mediterranean". Rarely also very high quality floor coverings or veneers are made of olive wood. Musical instrument making and arts and crafts (turning, carving) are also other applications for olive wood.


The price of olive wood is not as high as you would expect. As a rule, sawn wood costs around 2,900 EUR per m³, which is only about twice as expensive as oak. In comparison, individual rosewood species can cost up to 15,000 EUR per m³.

Here you will find all types of wood at a glance

Tips & Tricks

Olive wood works very hard, which should always be considered when making a floor covering. The processing can also be difficult.

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