Taxus baccata

The preferred wood of English Longbowmen during the middle ages, this was the wood that brought down the French cavalrymen at Agincourt in 1415. The reason the yew is such a fantastic wood for bows is that it is that it possesses a remarkable elasticity. Also, while technically a softwood, being closely related to cedar or pine, it is among the hardest of the softwoods and is harder than many hardwoods. The yew we are using was harvested in England and is proper English Yew.