The Jerusalem Gift Shop offers a variety of other olive wood products that make great Holy Land souvenirs, Christmas gifts and all-round Christian gifts.
Make your memories last longer with beautiful olive wood ornaments or olive wood souvenirs. We’ve got great gifting inspiration and all the treasures from our olive wood store can be shipped directly from Jerusalem to a multitude of countries world-wide.
Shop for personal decorative items in our olive wood pendants section – we stock crosses, Jerusalem crosses and a host of other spiritual symbols that you can keep close to your heart.
Olive wood home gifts are a great means of decorating your dwelling place with the rich history and Scriptural significance of the olive tree and many of our kitchen utensils and office tools add an element of purpose to the aesthetics of your purchase. Or bring the essence of the Holy Land into your home and those of your loved ones with handy olive wood boxes that are great for storage as well as brightening up a room, desk or drawer.
The olive wood souvenirs you find in The Jerusalem Gift Shop today has been centuries in the making. The trees from which they originate have been around for hundreds of years, due to the regenerative ability of the olive tree. When they are pruned to induce new life, the trimmings are stored in a suitable environment for an extensive period to dry. Storage in a dark environment is ideal to keep the temperature level and eliminate exposure to moisture. This process ensures the wood dries without splitting or cracking, making it perfect for carving. The craft of olive wood carving is passed down through generations and it can take between six and seven years for an artisan to be fully trained for the art. Modern day drilling enables quicker carving of the rough outline of an object (amounts to about 15% of the process) but the remainder is a labor-intensive process requiring the skill of multiple artisans. For certain products, completion could add up to 45 days. Each olive wood ornament is indeed a work of art and the involved process of producing these Christian gifts is reflected in the finished product.
When you purchase or extend the gift of olive wood ornaments, souvenirs and the like, you are not just investing in the Holy Land economy but also in an item that has a history and a story to tell.
They are not factory mass-made, but carry the markings of people who dedicate their lives to this craft.
The parallels between the olive tree and Biblical concepts seem never ending. Like the fact that their roots system is so extensive that they spread much further below than the leaves do above ground. This ensures they have sufficient moisture and allows them to thrive in the desert beyond expectation. One can’t help picturing the “blossoming desert” described in Isaiah 35:1. Just another way in which the olive tree brings GOD’s Word and HIS promise of restoration to life!
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