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Olive wood items are valuable assets that deserve safeguarding. If not properly cared for, the wood can dry out, lose its luster, and eventually develop cracks. That’s why it is crucial for you to invest time in understanding the proper methods of treating your olive wood utensils, bowls, cutting boards, and other products. By doing so, you can ensure their longevity and maintain their pristine condition.
Olive wood has a tendency to dry slowly, which can lead to warping, checking, splitting, and honeycombing if one attempts to expedite the process. However, experienced turners often leverage the advantages of working with wet wood, as it is easier to manipulate on a lathe compared to when it is fully dried.
Are you aware of whether olive wood has waterproof properties? Olive wood possesses natural oils that contribute to its water-resistant nature. Additionally, store-bought olive wood products are often coated with finishing oils and waxes, further enhancing their water-resistance.
By consistently using mineral oil, particularly in the initial weeks, you can effectively hydrate and safeguard your bowl, board, or utensil. Make sure to hand wash it using a gentle detergent and warm water. Avoid allowing standing water to come into contact with the wood, as this can weaken the fibers and potentially cause them to split or crack.