Trade names: Yewtree, Yew Origin: Europa Occurence: Throughout Europe up to latitude 60° north. Especially in England it has been cultivated for centuries because of its significance for making bowstaves and as a protective tree for small game.
This is why there are still large stands in England today and the reason for the country being the main supplier of yew logs. Because of its small dimensions and being very susceptible to defects such as knots, inner checking and calcereous deposits, wood suitable for slicing is very rare and correspondingly expensive. In Germany Yew is protected by preservation rights. Largest known occurrence is in the municipal forest of Banská Bystrica (SK) with approx. 300,000 trees.
All components of the tree are poisonous except for its red fruit cups. The bark of the taxus brevifolia (USA) is said to heal cancer.
Use: A very good and expensive veneer wood. Decorative and exclusive furniture often in the English style. Seldom possible to find clean, large surface veneer and thus often used as inlays to upgrade the value of furniture. Ideal wood also for high quality turneries and wood carvings.
Character: Sapwood and heartwood are clearly defined. The heartwood is brownish, red-brown to orange-brown. Required in the veneer is the so-called pepper. These are tiny dots in the veneer arranged in a pattern, ideally in clusters. The annual rings are very narrow and occur as deep, dark annual zones.
Particularities: According to Germanic mythology, the hunting god Uller made a bow of Yewtree. Yew arcs were particularly popular in England. Every merchant ship that wanted to trade in England during the late Middle Ages had to carry a certain number of Yew blanks. Wagner also use yew wood, among other things. Yew is not only known for its high elasticity and toughness, but also for its very distinctive and decorative character.
Yew is an exciting wood for humidors. The color of the light wood becomes more intense and saturated kissed by the sun. The grain and the image of the branches are very individual. A beautiful veneer to create a humidor. Long term cigar storage and cigar aging in a beautiful cigar cabinet.
Wood is a natural product, which can has colour differences and growth-related irregularities. Deviations in structure and colour are a quality feature for real wood. Growth, colour, structure and grain are unique in every tree and make every Gerber Humidor unique!
Digital illustrations of the wood samples are always only indicative picture and do not provide a guarantee.
Not all woods are available at all times and suitable for every Gerber Humidor. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.