Bernat Fiol is a second generation woodworker who takes great pride in producing some of the finest hand carved olive wood available.
Based in the island of Mallorca, Spain, Bernat and his father painstakingly chisel each piece of olive wood. The wood is obtained from older olive trees that no longer produce enough olives to give them value. Some of these trees are over 100 years old. The advantage of using older trees is their exquisite grain.
The trees are cut into planks of all different thicknesses. Large pieces of olive wood are extremely hard to come by making anything larger than 12 inches extraordinary. The whole process of producing olive wood products is very labor intensive. The wood planks are first hand carved, then soaked in a water bath to seal the wood and to prevent it from splitting. The next step is to dry the wood for a good two months and afterwards soak it in mineral oil which helps to emphasise the woods natural grain and pattern. Bernat and his father complete the finishing touches by hand sanding the wood so that it is completely smooth.
Olive wood is beautiful and also a very hard wood making it ideal for use in the kitchen. Fiol father and son produce over 400 different olive wood items including salad bowls, salt cellars, oil and vinegar cruets and olive wood mortar and pestles.