Olive wood acts like most fruit woods in that it dries and checks quickly. When turning it, I try to incorporate the checking into the design before starting to turn. It does not always work, but it sounds nice. This piece is 10″ tall and has an inlay you can see to stabilize the large opening near the top. I made use of a round piece of oak as opposed to traditional rectangular or butterfly cuts, just to be different, as well as easier.