Olive (East African)
Olea hochstetteri and O. welwitschii (Oleaceae)


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Olea hochstetteri and O. welwitschii (Oleaceae) wood grain



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890 kg/m3

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East African Olive | Olive Wood | Olea hochstetteri

East African Olive wood - The heartwood is generally pale brown, but has irregular markings and streaks ranging from brown and grey to black, which can give the wood a marbled look. The grain is typically straight, but occasionally shallowly interlocked, with a fine and even texture. The sapwood is pale yellow. East African Olive is a versatile timber - you can use our interactive system for typical uses for Olive. Olive can be used for furniture, turnery, flooring and much more. If currently available (from sustainable and legal sources) you can use our system to be connected with suppliers of East African Olive.

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Also Called:
Olive, Olivewood, Loliondo, Ironwood, Olmasi, Musharagi

Durability Notes:
Olive (East African) wood is non durable. It is perishable and should only be considered for internal use.

The drying and seasoning of Olive (East African) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Olive (East African) - dries slowly; it tends to check and split and can honeycomb if dried too quickly. Kiln-drying is advised. Olive moves considerable in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Olive is hard, strong and heavy. The wood has good wearing properties and resistance to abrasion. Due to its interlocked grain and twisty nature; it does not respond well when working with hand tools and it has a blunting effect on tools. Olive does, however, plane mortice and turn well. Due to its natural waxy surface it polishes to an excellent finish.

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Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Wood Database feature on: Olive (East African)


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