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RUSSIAN OLIVE


Elaeagnus spp.

Generally Elaeagnus angustifolia but also Elaeagnus commutata, both of the family Elaeagnaceae. This wood is NOT an olive, it just has that word in its name because of the physical siimilarity of the bark and leaves to real olive trees. Native to Russia but also grows elsewhere in Europe and is also found in the USA. I have it anecdotally that the wood is pleasant to turn and obviously the strong grain pattern makes for beautiful turned objects.



my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of Russian olive / Elaeagnus angustifolia


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of Russian olive / Elaeagnus angustifolia --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank --- I had just a devil of a time with the color correction on this and never did get it quite right. All the pics of this piece have a bit too much red in them; it really was more of a light chocolate brown. HUGE enlargments are present


face grain closeup of the piece directly above


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above --- this is from the other end of the plank but the color of that end is the same and the extreme shift in color IS just due to the update sanding process.


two side grain closeups of the piece directly above, the first showing relative large ray flakes and the second showing very small ray flakes



web pics:


planks listed as Russian olive / Elaeagnus angustifolia


plank moistened for the pic (and I'm still not sure about the color --- I think the image is oversaturated)


slabs ... the 1st one is waxed, the 2nd one is raw, the 3rd one is raw and the 4th set is very small "slabs"


bookmatched planks


bookmatched thins


pen blanks ... I think the purple color on the second set is an effect of the pic


an image that was chosen (on the web site where I found it) for the PATTERN, not the wood itself.


burl slabs


small burl slabs (scales, maybe?)


burl pen blanks


pen blanks


knife handles


bowls


boxes


burl bowl


listed as a Russian olive burl flask. This is a beautiful piece of wood, but I have no idea how much of the red is the wood vs a finishing agent, or an effect of the pic.


kaleidescope


hollow form


lidded vessel


urns


vases


bench and closeups ... it appears to me that these pics probably have too much orange and yellow in them; this whole thing looks more like pine than Russion olive