The unaltered charm of the colours of these plants is what the wood
transmits and maintains. The trunks, the bodies of the trees, have
shades that no man-made palette could ever find. Olive-wood is unique.
Its grey bark has fissures in roughly rugose brown scales, spotted by
the white of the lichens; the alburnum is yellowish-white; the duramen,
faintly distinguishable, is yellowish-brown, with shades from whitish
to brown and black. Other unmistakable and matchless characteristics
are the very fine texture and the unhomogeneous fibre that create a
compact, firm and unique structure. All these requisites give life to
a wood that is one of the hardest, heaviest and most compact,
resistant, durable and waterproof, that does not crack nor gets
worm-eaten. For this reason, it is used for small fine woodwork inlays,
veneering for pieces of
furniture, sculptures, household articles and floor
Its weight density reaches an average of 950
Its hardness is of 1030 Janka.
Its resistance to compression reaches 570 kg/sq.cm.
The Deabsorption-Absorption factor is one of the most important
characteristic of olive-wood in its natural state and, to a greater
extent, as a manufacture. it histological structure is very compact
and firm, to the point that it hinders its permeability in yielding
and, even more, in reabsorbing external humidity. Therefore, the body
of this wood is one of the most stable, so that, in the presence of
environmental hygrothermal changes, the manufacture, dried using the
proper technical process, does not undergo any variations.