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Olive wood
Olive wood is a beautiful material that comes from the olive tree found throughout the Mediterranean region. Originally introduced into Sicily by the Greeks, olive trees were extensively cultivated throughout Italy by the Romans, and olive oil became so valuable that the Romans sometimes collected it as taxes.

Ancient olive wood is not only very beautiful, but it is also a truly sustainable resource. Although olive trees live for hundreds of years, they eventually stop producing olives and are then classed as ancient. Their trunks and branches become thick, gnarled and twisted, and it is this wood that is used in the creation of beautiful wooden artifacts. The age of the tree helps to create the unique grain patterns that make these items so individual. No two items fashioned from olive wood can ever be identical. In addition, the wood is hard, very strong and durable and has natural anti-bacterial qualities that make it ideal in the production of kitchen utensils.

Olive wood kitchen utensils

Olive wood chopping boards
The most popular chopping boards are made from olive wood, and with good reason. Olive wood, if cared for properly, will take any amount of hard work and will last a lifetime. On top of this, olive wood has natural anti-bacterial properties making it ideal for food preparation. Olive wood boards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some styled and suited especially for filleting meat, others for salami and even one for slicing bread. The olive wood bread board has a tray with a slotted board resting inside it enabling all the crumbs to fall into the tray.
Olive wood food preparation utensils
Olive wood makes perfect food preparation utensils as it is hard wearing and has natural anti-bacterial properties. When it comes to preparing and chopping herbs and spices, olive wood kitchen utensils cannot be beaten. An olive wood pestle and mortar is a prized possesion in many Italian kitchens and they come in different shapes and sizes. A small one is sufficient for grinding down spices but for preparing large amounts of freshly grown basil for pesto, the larger the better. An olive wood pestle and mortar is usually made in the traditional, angular shape and a more rounded, smooth shape. Another popular olive wood herb chopping utensil is a mezzaluna, which chops herbs quickly and efficiently to retain the freshness and flavour.
Olive wood pasta cooking utensils
Cooking the daily pasta is a serious business in Italy and olive wood is the preferred choice for pasta cooking utensils. A variety of olive wood spoons are used for stirring, tasting and serving the perfect pasta sauce, in which the most important ingredient is always extra virgin olive oil. The pasta itself is not left out, it is most important that it is stirred or tossed in the correct manner and there are a variety of olive wood utensils specially designed for this. The most popular pasta is spaghetti and this really does get special treatment, starting with being measured by means of an olive wood spaghetti measure it then has to be stirred correctly and finally served quickly and neatly by a traditional olive wood spaghetti server.
Olive wood condiment sets
Very few condiments are used at the table in Italy, but those that are have the upmost importance. No table is complete without oil and vinegar and there are many different styles of olive wood sets for serving these. Some are purely for the all important olive oil and vinegar on their own, whearas others incorporate salt and pepper into the equation. The most common way to serve pepper is in the traditional Italian olive wood pepper mill, but smaller, olive wood salt and pepper shakers are used too. Last but not least is the ever present dish of Parmesan, and what better to serve this in than a perfect little olive wood Parmesan dish complete with a matching olive wood spoon.
Olive wood tableware
Olive wood looks beautiful as part of a table setting, either inside or eating outside for 'al fresco' dining. All olive wood chopping boards can be dual purpose and as well as for food preparation in the kitchen they can be used for serving meats and cheeses at the table. In addition there are many traditionally designed olive wood boards for cheeses, salami and bread, many of which come with a matching knife. Salad never looks better than when served in an olive wood salad bowl and these come in many different sizes from around 50cm in diameter down to small wooden bowls for individual servings. Aperitivo is an important part of any meal in Italy and there are numerous olive wood bowls, dishes and unusual olive wood aperitivo sets available for serving olives, nuts, chunks of Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
Olive wood around the house
Olive wood is has one of the most beautiful grains and makes beautiful bowls which look perfect in any room in the house. Most of these olive wood bowls are hand carved from a single piece of ancient olive wood and make a beautiful receptacle for fruit. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and some olive wood bowls have handles and others have a very rustic appearance. For displaying photographs, olive wood photo frames create a pleasing effect and look good either on a surface or hanging on the wall.
Olive wood jewellery

Olive wood necklaces
Olive wood necklaces are typically made from large round beads, small round beads and wooden beads in the shape of olives. Olive wood makes beautiful jewellery with the rich, warm wood creating the base for the interesting patterns formed by the grain of the wood. The necklaces come in a variety of sizes but are generally classed as long or short. The short olive wood necklaces have a clasp at the back whereas the long strands of wooden beads generally do not. The larger olive beads are usually only a single strand but the smaller beads are often a double, or even triple strand.
Olive wood bracelets
As with the olive wood bead necklaces, olive wood bracelets make a simple, but eye-catching and elegant piece of jewellery which can be worn with almost anything. Again, both large and small olive wood beads are used, with the larger ones being single strand and the smaller ones consisting of double or single strands of wooden beads. The wooden beads used for bracelets are often larger than on a necklace and are carved into rectangles, half moons or oval shapes. The olive wood bead bracelets which have multiple strands have a clasp but single strand bracelets are threaded onto strong elasticated cord. The simplest, and perhaps most effective, of all olive wood bracelets is a circle of olive wood which has been hand carved from a single piece of wood. Olive wood bracelets look very impressive if several are worn at once.
Olive wood earrings
The most common olive wood earrings are made from single beads, either as a stud style earring or attached to a standard hook. They can be just a single, round olive wood bead, or a variety of wooden beads of different sizes. Olive wood hoops are also a popular choice for earrings and these can vary from small to extremely large, and sometimes can be double or triple hoops.
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