The huge yew tree...

25 July 2017, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

This large yew tree had to be felled, due to it pushing against a wall beside a churchyard. Luckily I’ve managed to acquire the complete tree, including the larger branches too.

The top image shows the trunk being unloaded – measuring about three feet across, there’s potential from some impressive designs…

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Cutting up the smaller branches. It’s not often I use pieces this small, however I have a need for some three inch thick boards (mainly pepper mills and tea light holders)…

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Many thanks to Tree On The Hill furniture (formerly DF Timber) for letting me use their sawmill. These branches are a little too large for my band saw!...

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Some of the freshly cut boards…

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Next job will be cutting up the main trunk - however this will have to wait, as I’m off for a well deserved holiday. See you in two weeks time!

Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

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