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Material of the Month: January 2016 – Happy New Yew!

Why it’s inspired us…

Yew produces a spectacular chestnut brown timber with streaks of orange and even purple which contrast with the pale cream sapwood. Yew wood is popular for all kinds of ornamental turnery and furniture construction.

Why we’d like it to inspire you…

The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, has the largest recorded trunk girth in Britain and experts estimate it to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old. One reason Yew trees can live so long is that it is able to split under the weight of advanced growth without succumbing to disease in the fracture.


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Yew produces a chestnut brown timber with streaks of orange and even purple, contrasting richly with the pale cream sapwood. Clusters of tiny very decorative

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