Using only local native timber which has been felled by storm or for safety reasons, Oliver makes the initial cutting using a variety of milling techniques, the Logosol sawmill, a Saw Miser mill or the Alaskan saw mill, depending on the end usage of the piece of wood.
Some exceptional trees will influence the process, design and end product.
The pieces are then dried, either by air drying over a long period, 2 to 3 years or kiln dried for shorter period, in his purpose built sauna kiln.
Oliver’s preferred lathe is now his VB36 on which he turns most of his work, especially large platters and bowls and which he has customised to cater for his large sculptural pieces.
Other processes such as, steam bending and laminating are also use in his work.