According to historians, the first olive groves took root in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean around 4,000 B.C. There are reports of Olive trees in the Mediterranean region that are thousands of years old.
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When selecting any piece of raw material, there are several factors that need to be considered. Tension within the tree and wind twist are two such factors; moisture content vis-à-vis wood dryness is another important element, as wood can crack and split in the drying process. Wood for your masterpiece should be adequately seasoned before beginning any work. It’s important to remember that wood is an organic material that is subject to environmental conditions, and will change, subtly, over time. An experienced wood craftsman will take all of these factors into consideration.