After the yield, treasures are found
As an important economic resource in their countries of origin (olive oil!), it is forbidden to cut down olive trees. Only when the olive tree has stopped yielding fruit and when the department of Agriculture has granted permission, can a tree be felled. This means most trees are well over 150 years old before being turned into a high-end piece of furniture.
Up until then however, all trees are pruned. Pruning stimulates growth and increases fruit yield. Due the fact that olive farmers prune their trees in their own specific manner, height, girth and grain vary depending on the source.
Wood from the olive tree is a hard wood and has a splendid grain. The core of the trunk is a creamy-brown colour, with dark or black streaks. The colour deepens with age.