Wild Olive Tree
The linear and sharp edges of this olive wood sculpture resembles a staccato lightning strike beautifully contrasted by dimpled, circular indentations.
Family: Oleaceae | Synonym: Olea Africana Mill
The wild olive is an evergreen flower- and fruit-bearing tree that grows up to 14m tall, with a knotty and contorted stem, covered with grey-green foliage.
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
It grows mostly on woodlands, stream banks and hilly slopes and can be found in Africa, the Mascarene Islands, Arabia, India and China.
The wood is very hard, heavy and has a pleasant oily odour. Wild olive is used for flooring, small furniture pieces, boxes and toys, and has been used for sleepers, fence posts, sports equipment, machine bearings and pattern-making in the past.
The olive leave can be used as an ingredient for eye lotion and gargling liquid for sore throats. Some people use the water-soaked leaves as a substitute for tea.