Holy Land Olive wood

Olive trees are indigenous to the Holy Land and are treasured because the oil from their fruit has been used for religious rites since before the time of Jesus. They bear a sign of hope and renewed life. Jesus himself frequented the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He prayed in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36) near an olive tree that still exists today.

Every October the people of the Holy Land pick the fruit of the olive trees and prune the branches. These pruned branches dry for several years and then are turned into beautiful Christian testaments of faith. The local Christians also create gifts from Mother of Pearl using techniques they developed since the 17 century.