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    Mine is Mission Olive, widespread here on the California coast, but I read that it is originally derived from a Moroccan Olive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Cannon View Post
    Mine is Mission Olive, widespread here on the California coast, but I read that it is originally derived from a Moroccan Olive.
    You probably found the same articles I did, for example https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/opinio...arocaine/29732
    and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_olive

    I couldn't find any references to the wood of Mission Olive but if it's a cultivar that grows olives it's probably very close to olea europaea!. I would love to get a tiny piece to compare to european olive and african olive under the microscope. The Wood Database has a good picture of the end grain, although most that I have here does not have as strong of dark/light contrast shown at the bottom of the page here: https://www.wood-database.com/olive/

    For anyone looking for Olive, you might give Pete a call at Big Monk Lumber in KY; he usually has a variety of sizes of European and African olive and what I've got from him has been excellent. He brings wood to symposiums in the east but I think he ships too. www.bigmonklumber.com

    These are dogwood and olive.
    Ring_keepers_olive_IMG_7555.jpg

    This shows what a liquid usually does to to appearance of olive. This is a test with naphtha but danish or other oil does pretty much looks the same.
    olive_test.jpg

    A sad thought for those of us who can use small pieces is the piles of olive trunks and branches to be burned I saw in an orchard in Italy.

    JKJ

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