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Olive Wood HoldingCross / Premium from the City of Bethlehem

Olive Wood HoldingCross / Premium from the City of Bethlehem

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$28.00

The Olive Tree produces some of the most beautiful wood.  We have two different grades of olive for you to consider.

Holy Land - wood from the Mediterranean region

Premium Bethlehem - the most beautiful Bethlehem Olive wood

The picture of multiple HoldingCrosses™ is for illustration purposes only to show grain variance. The price is for a single HoldingCrossTm.

This wood is certified and designated to be from trees growing in the City of Bethlehem and was hand selected and graded to be the most beautiful of all of the Olive wood HoldingCrosses we make.   

The Olive tree grows throughout the Mediterranean region and this Holy Land wood comes from the prunings of the trees there.  Twice a year, the Olive tree is pruned.  The wood is then taken to limestone caves to be air dried.  There, the wood slowly dries.  It takes approximately three years for the wood to be dry enough to work into the various artisan items sold in the Holy Land.

We purchase the lumber from a family-operated factory living in Bethlehem. Even with the unrest and uncertainty of the Middle East, these Christian Artisans continue to work in the Bethlehem Workshop as a testimony of God's faithfulness and provision. We pray for them daily.

Many folks may have purchased items made from Olive wood  from the Holy Land.  This specific wood actually comes from the trees in the city of Bethlehem.  Some of you may have been to the Holy Land and to Bethlehem.  There are not many Olive trees left in this little town.  Decades of turmoil has taken it's toll on the trees there.  Many consider this wood from Bethlehem to be some of the most colorful and beautiful olive in the world.

The wood we receive comes from the prunings of these trees in Bethlehem.  It takes a large branch to get a board or slab big enough to make The HoldingCross™.  The wood we receive comes from the center cut of the largest of the branches pruned and that is why there is so much variance and character to the grain. No two HoldingCrosses™ are the same (see picture). 

As with all of The HoldingCrosses™ we make, the rounded edges are smooth and contoured and the surface is similarly hand sanded and buffed to be very smooth to the touch.  There is nothing that feels quite like Olive wood in your hand.

The Premium Olive HoldingCrosses from the trees of Bethlehem are stunning and a wonderful treasure for a very special gift.

Here are a couple more close up pictures to show you some detail of this fabulous wood.


Smooth to touch and hold; beautiful to see. Your Olive wood HoldingCross™ will darken and age gracefully over time as you hold it and pray because there is no lacquer, polyurathane or other petroleum-based finish.  You can feel this beautiful and special wood in your hand!  The natural patina of the wood will enhance the grain and color as it ages gracefully.

We also offer the Olive wood HoldingCross from the trees of the Holy Land.  This wood is much more plentiful but there are trade offs.  We offer this lower priced alternative for your consideration.

Please click here to see the Holy Land wood.

These Olive wood HoldingCrosses from the trees of Bethlehem are still made in Texas with the same care we have always done. The Premium Olive HoldingCrosses have these special characteristics:

  • The Premium wood comes from Bethlehem trees only and dried slowly in limestone caves
  • The Premium wood has few, if any, visible defects
  • The Premium wood has more color and grain variance adding to the beauty
  • The Premium wood has a certificate of authenticity that comes with each item
  • The Premium wood also comes in an ivory organza bag and special StoryTag

You can find other wooden crosses on the internet and some are incorrectly using our trademark name "holdingcross", Others have similar designs and call their products a hand cross, prayer cross, palm cross or even comfort cross.  We have not found anything to compare to our inspired original design (see our story), smooth contour and natural beauty. We have found less expensive crosses. They are able to offer them because they cut out many of the steps required to make The HoldingCross™   Many use spray lacquer to temporarily and artificially produce a shine on the surface.  The edges are not rounded and smooth with hand sanding.   The thickness of other crosses is often 3/4" or less, which defeats the purpose for the aysmetrical design in the hand. 

We are committed to the quality and integrity of the work the Lord has given us to do. We want these HoldingCrosses™ to be a special and unique gift for your loved one. The size of The HoldingCrossTm is specificly designed for the hand.  The thickness of the wood is as important as the length of the piece or where the asymmetrical contour of the HoldingCross™ is cut.  In the Old Testament, God provided specific measurements for things Holy.  We believe He has done the same with The HoldingCrossTm.

Like all of our wooden crosses, these Olive wood HoldingCrosses™ are hand made in our family-operated woodworking shop in Frisco, Texas. After a decade of making these gifts, Carol and Jack still personally participate in the making of every HoldingCrossTm. They are not mass produced. They are made by Christians for Christians and to give God the Glory.  

The picture of multiple HoldingCrosses™ is for illustration purposes only to show grain variance.  The price is for a single HoldingCrossTm.


  • Model: 077-011
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18lbs

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