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Holy Land Olive Wood Carvings is selling Christian Religious Articles & Crafts (mostly olive-wood articles) from the Holy-Land to Christians in Canada & the United States. The main reason is to help the Christians of the Holy Land to be able to sell their products to the Christians outside their area and have income to support them staying in their homeland.

All of our products come form the Holy Land; mainly from Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Most of our products are made of the olive wood that is grown in the Holy Land. These products are handcrafted artifacts that represent the Christian art of the Holy Land. These contain rosaries, statues, nativity sets and scenes, grottos, Christmas ornaments, and many others.

Holy Land Olive Wood Carvings is holds a deep religious feelings and a desire to helping the Christians of the Holy Land by promoting and selling their artwork aborad.

We deliver high quality hand-made products from the Holy Land directly to our customers by bringing to them holy Christian art from the place of birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Christianity

We adhere to high standards of integrity in dealing with our customers.

We hope to inspire and make a difference in the lives of Christians throughout the world and especially to help those dedicated Christians who stay and live firmly in the Holy Land.

Why Olive Wood?

The olive tree is native to the Holy Land where it has been cultivated since ancient times. According to historians, the first olive groves took root in the Holy Land and along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean around 4,000 B.C.

The Bible contains many references to the culinary and religious uses of olives and olive oil. In the Book of Genesis the dove sent out from the ark by Noah returned with an olive branch (Genesis 8:11). Here it became the great symbol of peace and goodwill, indicating the end of God's anger. And its recognition by Noah suggests that it was already a well-known tree. Also, the use of the olive tree for carvings was mentioned in I KINGS chapter 6, "And within the oracle he made two cherubims of olive tree... and for the entering of the oracle he made doors of olive tree... also made he for the door of the temple posts of olive tree".

The olive tree is connected to our Christian faith as Jesus prayed under an olive tree in his way to Jerusalem after the last supper and before his crucifixion on a cross made of the olive wood taken from the olive trees near the garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

More than any other plant, the olive tree symbolizes the Holy Land it has been called: "The Sacred Tree", "The Peace Tree", "The Tree of Light", and "The Tree of Legends". The olive tree represents the Holy Land in all religions. "The olive tree stands as a perfect personification of man's historical memory in the Holy Land. It is the tree with the highest endurance and fruitful capacity. It is the sign of peace between God and mankind.

More About Olive Wood

All the olive wood figurines and arts that we produce are hand carved from the trimmings (pruning) of the olive trees, which is an essential process for a healthier growth for the trees and to generate environmental stability. So no tree is damaged or destroyed in the process.

After the olive tree is trimmed its branches are kept for a long period inside dark places. Dark places are ideal to dry the olive wood because the temperatures of the place stays the same year round and there is no moisture or humidity so the wood dry without splitting or cracking and becomes dry and ideal for carving.

You can estimate the age of a particular piece by examining its grain. Very old trees have a dark grain while younger trees exhibit a lighter color.

The dark lines inside this olive wood trunk tell how old the tree is the more lines the wood have the older the tree. The dark grain inside the trunk of the olive wood olive wood trunks is called the heart of the wood or the jewels and they are what olive wood carvers and their customers look for.

Holy Land olive trees are also called the Roman trees. They get this name because they have been living in the Holy Land and bearing fruits since the time of the Romans and Jesus time.

Holy Land olive wood is heavy, dense and durable with a distinctive red pigment in its grain. All carvings made of this hard wood have a varying and smooth grain, making every piece extraordinarily unique. It is very difficult to match the grain of two pieces since the pattern is completely hidden in the heart of the wood.  The artistically smooth and elegant grain of the olive wood renders it one of the most beautiful in the world and olive wood carvings will easily last a life time and be enjoyed by generations to come.

Once carved, the wood is sanded and coated with a special varnish to protect it and highlight the texture of the grain. There is no need for oiling or further treatment of any kind since olive oil inside the wood is naturally protecting the wood from corrosions. Since olive is one of the hardest woods on earth, carvings will easily last a life time and be admired by generations to come. As it ages, it will become darker and even more beautiful. Cleaning the live wood art pieces is done only with a lightly wet cloth and no further materials are required.

Our Products

We hold many different items: Christmas ornaments, rosaries, statues, nativity sets, grottos, and many others. Check the various products to see what we have.

Our products are:
       Made out of olive wood, so you can see the nice grain in the products
       Carved by hand; which makes them unique artistic pieces
       Made from dry wood, so they never crack because the wood is dried for a long period before carving it
       Naturally finished and waxed, so it never changes color and keeps its natural shine
       Sanded well for a smooth touch

Thank you for shopping at our store. We appreciate your confidence in us.

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We carry many different authentic products and handcrafts (arts, crafts, carvings, and collectibles) made by local artisans and craftsmen from Bethlehem and Jerusalem. There articles are hand carved out of olive wood and mother of pearl (sea shells, abalone) that represent Christian religious themes (Christmas, Easter, daily life of our Lord) which can be very special and unique gifts for occasion such as baptizing, first communion, wedding, graduation, feasts, Xmas, the seasons, etc. for different faiths and denominations: Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox (Byzantine), Protestants, and all others. These articles contain: crosses and crucifixes (as 14-station, Western, Eastern, plain, wall mounted, standing, etc.), angels, rosaries (bracelets, decade, 5 decades, wall-hanged, with various center beads of Jerusalem Cross, Madonna, Soil from the HolyLand, water from River Jordan), camels (separate and caravan), candle holders and sticks, nativities (nativity caves and grottos, separate and scenes), necklaces and pendants (olivewood, hematite, abalone, and sterling silver), figures and statues and scenes (of the Virgin Mary and Joseph, the holy family, Jesus face and Jesus bust, the saints, the last supper, the holy family, the flight to Egypt, the Good Shepherd, the way of the cross, and many others), jewelry silver pendants, icons, magnet fridges, tree ornaments, plaques, and many key-chains of different themes.

Buying from us helps us to support Christianity and the Christians of the Holy Land; the original land of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ where the Church of Holy Sepulcher and Church of Nativity are located. These articles are offered at best bargain prices. You can find unique articles here that you can not find at normal shopping malls and religious stores. All shown prices here are retail prices. Please contact us if you are interested in wholesale prices supplies. We support free shipping for orders over certain price; see the home page for details.


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