Bannoura family carving olive wood statues

The Story of Bannoura’s Family in the Holy Land

But I am like an olive tree in the house of God, trust in God's faithful love forever. - Psalms 52:8. Olive wood has always been an intrinsic part of The Holy land.

Consequently, the Holy Land is famous for its unique olive wood carvings. Christian artists made many unique religious crafts out of the olive wood in the Holy Land.

They made hand carved statuses for Jesus Christ, saints and Virgin Mary, hand carved Nativity sets, olive wood crosses, olive wood plate, spoons and olive wood utensil sets. Not only that, artists in the Holy Land designed Holy places with olive wood carvings. For example, King Solomon's temple was adorned with intricate olive wood designs. The natural brightness of its colors and the variety of grains make the olive wood a unique and most exquisite wood.

It is never stained. Christian families like Bannoura’s family began crafting their genuine grade-A artwork out of olive wood in Bethlehem more than 300 years ago. However, the craft was brought to the Christians by religions from the Greek Orthodox Church more than 1700 years ago. Three centuries earlier, Saint Joseph taught our Lord Jesus Christ carpentry skills.

As Joseph taught his Son faithfulness to the trade, the Bannoura’s family did the same. They remained faithful to their God and to this rich cultural heritage. They take great pride in this distinct and unique art form and very proud to provide the most outstanding olive wood products with the highest quality ever with no parallel to it in the whole universe.

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