|Box in yew wood by James Baxendale|
The wood from the yew tree is known for its beautiful grain patterns. Even though it is classified as an evergreen, yew wood is very dense and hard. The tree grows very slowly and has tight growth rings. Objects made out of yew wood have a naturally hard and smooth finish. A lot of sanding with fine grit sandpaper is often unnecessary.
There is so much to write about the yew tree that I could fill volumes. For instance: It is a fact that a new cancer curing drug called Taxol has been derived from the bark and berries of the yew tree (Tree of Death or Tree of Life?). Or the fact that, even though vast yew forests once covered many parts of ancient Europe, the yew is an endangered species today. Then there are the pictures by Archie Miles, who is on a quest to photograph all the spectacular and interesting trees of Britain, including many yews. You will enjoy his website.
|Artwork in yew wood by Edric Florence|
|My own pocket boxes with compass made out of yew wood|
|Photo of yew wood grain by Archie Miles|