530 people viewed the Guessing Game. Nobody correctly guessed both answers, however, Adam Palmer correctly guessed the timber, yew – but then promptly retracted his guess!
I surmised eating the chocolate bunny myself might be the right course of action.
The timber is indeed Common Yew (Taxus baccata) and this is what I’ll be making with it…
William and Mary upholstered yew stool, circa 1690. (Jayne Thompson)
Thanks to all who participated.
Good lord. The foliage didn’t look right in the picture. Of course it was an old tree in what is probably an English churchyard, it kind of has to be yew. Way to second-guess myself.
I must say, I was somewhat surprised by your retraction. You deserve some credit though for acknowledging that yews have needles.
Wow – I’d never have guessed yew. I admit I’ve never worked with it, but I’m surprised to see so much detail on the turnings – it looks crisp. I look forward to watching your latest project unfold.
Yew is very dense and turns much like box, burnishing itself in the process.