Bark & Rock

Olive Ash Burr

Where: UK and rest of Europe through to Turkey, Asia Minor, Africa, Arctic Circle

Botanical Name: Fraxinus excelsior

Olive Ash Burr is one of our most popular and characterful veneers. It is harvested from mature Ash trees, which often develop a decorative brown heart, rather than Olive trees as the wood’s slightly misleading name might suggest.

Olive Ash Burr’s look and feel is very similar to the glowing colours and swirling patterns of Olive wood, combining warm treacle tones with darker ribbons of dense browns. The porous grain structure of this attractively streaked hardwood is however quite different and serves to identify it as Ash. Both trees do in fact belong in the same family of Oleaceae which explains their wood’s resemblance.

Ash is the third most common tree in Britain, reaching heights of around 20 metres. It grows across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to Turkey as well as in Asia Minor and Africa.


Our natural and recycled wood collections include hand crafted refillable notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, guest/visitors books and slip cases. Each wood and stone book is individually made to order in our studio workshop in the UK.

Bark & Rock stocks over 40 types of wood veneer from 6 continents.

Your Bark & Rock product is unique! Our wood veneers are sourced from different areas of the world and are also created using different sections of each tree. Depending on the species veneers can incorporate various features and patterns, including highly sought after burr wood motifs. Veneer production also includes different processes such as crown, quarter and rotary cuts to create various finishes. Each of these methods reveals fine layers of beauty unique to a given species and tree. Some of our finest veneers can be found in our wonderful figure and pommele grain designs. Check our Glossary for more information.

Working with wood veneer means that we can highlight nature’s extraordinary range of organic patterns in a more environment friendly way: 1 cubic metre of planked timber yields 20m² of usable wood whilst 1 cubic metre of veneer delivers 900m² of usable wood giving each tree the optimum yield. Wood is in itself renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Within our production process we also make every effort to avoid waste and to use non-toxic finishes.

Please note: since wood is a natural product, your Bark & Rock notebook truly is unique and is likely to differ in both pattern and shade from the photographs on our website. These are designed to be indicative of a given type of wood in general.

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