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I have been turning wood since 1980. The wood that I enjoy working with the most is olivewood. As the chips fly off the lathe the scent is delightful and the grain and color that emerge are exquisite. Although the olive tree is very common in Israel, olivewood as such is rare and difficult to obtain. However, friends and gardeners are generally able to point me in the direction of recently pruned trees or to even occasionally drop off a piece.

I begin by turning on my lathe a rough piece of olivewood to arrive at the shape and form that I want , always trying to allow the wood to fully express its distinctive beauty through its bark inclusions, its gnarledness and finely veined grain.

I then inlay small bits of malachite, lapis or gold leaf, into the nooks and crannies of the piece. The technique of fusing stone and wood is…

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  • Male
  • Born on November 12
  • Joined November 26, 2011

Favorite materials

Olivewood, rosewood, malachite, lapis lazuli and gold leaf

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About

I have been turning wood since 1980. The wood that I enjoy working with the most is olivewood. As the chips fly off the lathe the scent is delightful and the grain and color that emerge are exquisite. Although the olive tree is very common in Israel, olivewood as such is rare and difficult to obtain. However, friends and gardeners are generally able to point me in the direction of recently pruned trees or to even occasionally drop off a piece.

I begin by turning on my lathe a rough piece of olivewood to arrive at the shape and form that I want , always trying to allow the wood to fully express its distinctive beauty through its bark inclusions, its gnarledness and finely veined grain.

I then inlay small bits of malachite, lapis or gold leaf, into the nooks and crannies of the piece. The technique of fusing stone and wood is relatively rare. Essentially it consists of grinding the stone into various sizes and then using strong resin adhesives to bond the small pieces to the wood.

Afterwards I sand, polish and lacquer until the bracelet attains a highly translucent polish, soft and gentle to touch. Whatever the particular material , the rich green of malachite, the intense, brilliant blue of lapis or the brilliant gold leaf, each in its own unique way fuses with the creamy color of olivewood to create a truly distinctive bracelet

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