To the east of the Church of the Nativity is a small road that gently goes down to the fields of Boaz. It was here that the Shepherds were told by the Angel Gabriel that the Prince of Peace had been born unto the world, in a field along the path that the Three Wise Men had taken both into Bethlehem and out of it.
It is also here that the modern Christian community of Beit Sahour exists; the largest Christian village in the Holy Land where they planted their olive trees and slowly built their homes out of hand-hewn stone.
Over time, many families including our family, the Bannoura family, learned to beautifully hand carve religious artifacts from olive wood, as Christian pilgrims came to the Holy Land in greater numbers and desired items to remember their pilgrimage with.
This skill has been improved upon and passed down from father to son for many generations in our family, with each generation adding new stylistic ideas and new means to improve the crafting, until we reached where we are now; masterly finesse.
We are proud to be considered part of the living Christian heritage of the Holy Land, which is why we built the website, Bethlehem Handicrafts, that operates as an online market for uniquely hand carved olive wood products featuring over 800 products quality handcrafted olive wood products made in the foothills of Bethlehem by Christian artisans with free shipping on orders above $40!
After all of those years, through hard work and your support, we reached a new milestone! We recently opened the first olive wood store in the USA! The store is located in 4114 S Parker Rd, Aurora, Colorado 80014. It features almost all of the products that are available on our website! If you want to learn more about the Holy Land, or just take a look at our intricately carved statuses, please don’t hesitate to come and visit us at our olive wood store where you’ll be greeted by our family members themselves!