WHO WE ARE
« GENERAL OLIVE WOOD » is a manufacturing company 100% exporter, specialized in producing olive wood kitchen utensils and decorative items with a total area of 3500 square meters.
We have inherited our skills and our mastery of olive wood workmanship from our ancestors which made us among the most professional and authentic olive wood manufacturing companies in the world.
« GENERAL OLIVE WOOD » is a family-owned company, based in Sfax, in the south of Tunisia, where the olive trees are abundant.
Our company has succeeded since its establishment to expand its business reputation all over the world, thanks to our qualiy, originality, exclusivity, experience and our deep rootedness in the olive wood products manufacturing. The origin of olive trees existence dates back in the Mediterranean Basin, the Arabian Peninsula, Southern Asia and much of Africa especially Sfax, Tunisia for thousands of years. Indeed, Sfax is the largest olive tree-growing city.
Degenerated and non-productive olive trees are cut to produce olive wood. Each tree embodies its own grain pattern revealed through features, shapes and colors which offer each olive wood piece unique design and character.
The work of olive wood is the best example to show that it is possible to manufacture ecological and functional products that are favorable for both the environment and health. For this reason, it is often used to make kitchenwares and home furnishings.
The olive tree
The olive tree, Olea Europaea (Oil of Europe) is a medium shaped and very long living species of tree found growing primarly in coastal Mediterranean regions. It was one of the first trees known to have been cultivated for agricultural purpose for more than 5000 years ago. The olive tree is most famous for its fruit and oil produced from it, while, its wood is famed for its high quality and density. It is hard, heavy and strong. It has a straight grain with a fine texture.
Due to its rich color and appearance, olive wood is particularly a sought- after material for use in decorative and kitchen utensils items. Moreover, It is a dense wood that is highly resistant to odours and stains, making it excellent for producing kitchenware.
The wood contains brown streaks that contrast attractively with the lighter yellow streaks of the sapwood. A distinct and pleasant odor that adds to the overall character of olive wood. The wood’s slightly sweet smell is particularly noticeable when freshy cut or when worked with tools. Items made from olive wood will generally retrain this faint aroma and a fine luster can be achieved for many years.
The high natural durability of olive wood makes it ideal for furniture and kitchen utensils manufacturing. Compared with other types of wood, the olive wood is rarely sold or available as lumber. When it is sold, olive wood lumber is normally very expensive and cut into small pieces. Olive wood is often used to make small items. Larger finished objects are scarce and highly expensive.