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  Olive Trees grow in many parts of the Middle East and some European countries, it is native to the Mediterranean region, tropical and central Asia and various parts of Africa. The olive trees especially in the Holy Land require a long, hot growing season to properly ripen the fruit, no late spring frosts to kill the blossoms and sufficient winter chill to insure fruit set. The Holy Land Olive Wood or Bethlehem Olive Wood has it’s own unique richness and texture.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, in Jerusalem there you will find some of oldest olive trees that still exist. According to the Bible, it is believed that Jesus prayed underneath an Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper. This sacred tree is still in existence today. The Bible repeatedly refers to the Olive Tree as a symbol of peace, fertility, and prosperity. In the story of Noah's Ark, a branch from an Olive Tree was brought back to the Ark by Noah's Dove symbolizing peace. Also, on Palm Sunday, pilgrims carry Olive Wood branches commemorating the Lord's entry into Jerusalem.

Olive Wood

- An Ancient Art Form. During the time of the Crusades, an ancient art form emerged, which came to be known as the Olive Wood Industry. Artists, who came from Europe, settled in Bethlehem and started this unique industry. Ever since, Olive Wood carving was taught from generation to generation until it was perfected and mastered.
Although this industry depends on simple hand tools, it is maintained as such to preserve the Biblical heritage and the religious significance of the Olive Tree to the Christian community..."Down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2: New International Version).

Olive Trees grow in many parts of the Holy Land but the richness and textures of the Bethlehem olive wood is not matched. One of the reasons for that, is due to the fact that the oldest olive trees in Holy Land are located in the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The older the olive tree, the more grains and textures you will find in it's wood.

The Olive Tree is a subtropical, broad-leaved, evergreen tree, which has edible fruit. The tree ranges in height from 3 to 8 meters or more, and has numerous branches. Its leaves, leathery and lance-shaped are dark green and are paired opposite each other on the twig.

In October, the Olive Wood trees are pruned and the wood is sold to us and other craftsmen who create priceless pieces of art.

Four Christian founders and friends all born and raised in the Little Town of Bethlehem, invite you to add a special touch to your Christmas season with handmade carvings from the Holy Land. "We designed our carvings from our own experiences growing up in Bethlehem."

All of our crafts come with a Certificate of Authentic as well as Good Quality Guarantee. They an make attractive display of Faith.

No olive trees are damaged or destroyed in the process of harvesting the olive wood.


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