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Why Olivewood?

The olive tree plays a prominent role in the Bible. The olive leaf the dove returned to Noah , the olive oil used for anointing, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives are just a few instances that the olive tree is mentioned.

Some 400 years ago Franciscan monks began teaching Christians in Bethlehem the art of carving the lovely wood of the olive tree. Over the centuries this art has been passed down to generation after generation of Bethlehem craftsmen. Modern technology somewhat speeded the process but each piece has to be carved by hand by a skilled carver with at least 6 or 7 years of training to get a quality product.

The olive tree is not cut down to produce these lovely carvings, they are made from the prunings. These prunings are essential to the healthy growth of these special trees that live to be hundreds of years old.

Holy Land Treasures imports these lovely works of art from the finest Christian craftsmen in the Bethlehem area. The most special component of our products is that all of the material and crafting of our products come from the land of the Bible, the birth place of Our Lord Jesus, where He lived, where He ministered, where He paid for our sins, and rose from the dead. We trust you will find our products to be of the highest quality and we pray that each item will be a blessing to all who buy, give, and receive.

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