Thursday, March 14, 2013

English Yew (Taxus Baccata)

Status: Least Concern (Low Risk) and available.

Other Common Names: European Yew, Royal Yew

Found in Europe, Northern Africa and into Western Asia, these members of the Taxaceae family (Taxus) can grow to 30-65 feet in height and 3-5 feet in diameter.

Color is Orangish Brown with occasional dark streaks. Sapwood is pale.

Fine texture, machines well and turns well.  Specific Gravity: .55-.67. Avg. Dry Weight:  42 pounds per cubic foot.

Used to make: Bows (Archery), Furniture, Musical Instruments and turnings.

English Yew
Irish Bog Oak and Irish Bog Yew (approx. 5000 years old)

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