The grain of burr yew is very
The swirls of grain surrounding the
burr showing the annual
growth, although a darker color, are not unlike those in pine or
spruce -- or giant redwood -- called wellingtonia in the UK.
The burr is branches which never
Yew has long been a favored cabinet makers wood. Yew is
native to the UK.
Curiously although very hard it is classified
as a softwood; this is because it does not loose its leaves in winter.
Yew is very resilient. it has been
used for both lute ribs and longbows. It has a golden colored sapwood
which unlike most sapwood is considered good for cabinet work.
The patch to the top left of the
front may be original to the construction. It would be an exercise of
great skill and much sawing to create the panels for a chest such as
this. The most highly/attractively figured would be used
for the top and front.