Gys Potgieter and Darren Myburgh
Wild Olive Tree
This beautiful olive wood display table brings live-edged curves and shapes to your entrance room. The original olive wood slab has been patiently preserved, polished and shaped to create this impressive sculptured table stand. The unique grain and knots add to the distinct character of the table – truly a one-of-a-kind piece! To add a modern counterpoint, the glass top is suspended on stainless steel pins.
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.