This is a fine piece of Yew that I have turned into a bowl. I have preserved much of the natural look of the bowl by turning it sideways on. This keeps the natural edge and also highlights the beautiful grain and patterns that can be found in most pieces of Yew. The wood itself came from the edge of a moat around an old farmhouse in Hertfordshire. The yew hedge was the inner defence around the edge of the moat and was planted around 450 years ago. The farm was abandoned many years ago and what was the inner defense Yew Hedge soon sprouted and became dozens of Yew tree's. The farmhouse has been fully rebuilt and renovated over the last 10 years and as part of the renovation the yew trees have been cut back and many of the large branches have been removed. I purchased a number of the logs when I visited the site and it was really great to actually see where the trees had grown for the last 450 years.