"I would love to see families sharing more with their children about the importance of the olive tree and the olive wood for our future"
My name is Yasar Barham. I started this business shortly after I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. I was a banker for 2 years before starting the company in 2005.
I chose olive wood industry because younger generations are not choosing this craft anymore. The wood is, at times, hard to find, which is making it more expensive. This indicates to me that the olive wood industry could have a struggling future. I want to help find solutions for these problems. I look forward to creating conduits for continuing this tradition in my town, Beit Sahour. The olive tree is sacred in our community. Beit Sahour is the birthplace of the olive wood carving industry. It is a part of our culture. If this woodworking disappears, we lose a part of our identity and our heritage.
I would love to see families sharing more with their children about the importance of the olive tree and the olive wood for our future. I want to see our schools with a bigger focus on art so that children can develop a love for it, for creating art. My 3 boys are 14, 11, and 7. For 3 years now, the eldest has been working with me during the summer. I have so many ideas for the future of the business, and I will teach it to my children as well.