(Taxus taxaceae) European Yew ranges from durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance, and is also resistant to most insect attack. Perhaps among the hardest of all softwood species, Yew is certainly a unique wood species. Its density and working characteristics are more inline with a heavy hardwood than a softwood, yet its tight, fine grain and smooth texture give it a lustrous finish. Yet perhaps, Yew's greatest claim to fame is that of its mechanical properties.
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