Yew, American (Faxus, brevifolia)
Similiar Woods: English Yew, Fir, Manio
Trade Names: Pacific Yew, Western Yew
Origin: West coast of North America
Range: Southern Alaska, all the way to coastal central California, as well as to the slopes of the Rocky mountains in Montana and Idaho.
Uses: For Archery bows and reproduction furniture as replacement for scarce English Yew.
Properties: Hard, strong, dense, with a fine close grain. Durable and resistant to insect and fungal attack. Very rarely exceeds a diameter over 16".
Machining: Easy to machine, bends and turns well.
Seasoning: Dries slowly, occasionally develops shake.