Species Spotlight – Yew

Block of Yew

Spotlight on Yew wood

Due to its exceptional strength, flexibility and elasticity, yew wood was historically used in crafting traditional longbows. Its natural resilience allows it to withstand the stress of being drawn and released repeatedly.

Decorative uses for Yew wood

Yew features rich reddish-brown heartwood and lighter-coloured sapwood, making this uniquely patterned wood well-suited for woodturning. Due to its fine texture and workability, woodturners use yew wood to create elegant decorative pieces such as bowls, vases and pens. It is also ideal for making clocks, picture frames, jewellery boxes and ornaments.

Practical uses for Yew wood slabs

Yew wood’s strength and stability make it a popular choice for cabinetry, joinery and furniture makers. It can be used to create both traditional and contemporary pieces such as tables, chairs, cabinets, drawers, doors and other interior fittings.

Rustic uses for Yew live edge wood

The natural yew live edge wood adds an organic and rustic touch to any piece of furniture. Use it to create a one-of-a-kind tabletop, stunning coffee tables, shelves for displaying books, unique benches and decorative wall art. The natural edge of the wood adds interest and serves as a focal point.

Visit Elephant Timber

Visit us online or at our workshop on the Sussex coast for a wide range of yew live edge and yew wood slabs.

Our normal opening hours are Monday-Friday 07:30 – 17:00. Please contact us on 07941 034 822 to make an appointment, as we are not always based in the workshop. Out-of-hours or weekend appointments can be made by arrangement.