Pippy yew...

16 July 2015, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

Here’s a few photo’s of some gorgeous yew I’ve recently collected. Having just finished a couple of large projects, I’m now back to the rough turning – summer holidays will have to wait!...

Sourced from a local tree surgeon, this latest batch of yew is beautifully figured and full of burry markings. I’ll be turning it into a variety of designs, including larger fruit bowls and pieces with natural edges. The photo below shows the first pieces cut into blanks - I know these are just lumps of wood, but I still find it so exciting at this stage!

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The largest piece resting on the smallest one. These are both ready for bandsawing and will make stunning bowls when completed...

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I will also be preparing some of this timber for my yew pepper mills. These are based on the design of my beech and elm ones and will be appearing on the website soon…

Jonathan Leech

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Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  • Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably…
    - Jonathan Leech