Carving olive wood is a centuries' old tradition of Bethlehem people and a mainstay of the economy. The pieces are either carved from the block entirely by hand, or first roughly-shaped by machine and then hand- finished and polished. The sizes vary a little, as do the colours because of the natural grain (please state if you prefer a lighter or darker grain) and because each piece is unique.
We source in Bethlehem from two Christian family business' inherited through several generations. Both look after many skilled craftsmen working alone in their homes and they actively support local Christian charities. They have retail shops and when you are next in Bethlehem pay them a visit: they'll give you a warm welcome and look after you. Contact us for details.
By buying these beautiful pieces you are directly protecting the livelihoods of local craftsmen and women and their families.
The online shop is for browsing, but we are delighted to sell to wholesalers, parishes for their repositories and groups wishing to fundraise. Please email us for a wholesale price-list and terms.Browse Olive Wood Crafts