Thursday, May 23, 2013

Russian-Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia)

Status: Secure and available.

Other Common Names: 

Native to Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe/Western Asia, these members of the Elaeagnaceae family (Elaeagnus) can grow to 35 feet in height and 1 feet in diameter. .

Color is yellowish brown, often with a greenish hue.

Uneven texture with many pores, machines well and turns well.  Specific Gravity: .55-.69. Avg. Dry Weight:  43 pounds per cubic foot.

Used to make: Knife making, Pens, Carving.

NOT PART OF THE OLIVE FAMILY. I honestly can't say this enough. Yes, the wood has a similar appearance to Olive, but it is not an olive tree. The name is derived from the fact that the fruit looks similar to an olive. But unlike olive trees, the wood contains no oils and the texture is vastly different.

Russian-Olive (Elaeagnus Angustifolia)

Stabilized Russian-Olive Burl(Elaeagnus Angustifolia)

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