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    Quote Originally Posted by wm460 View Post
    Thought it was illegal to get yew from church yards.
    Not sure about Oz but the UK all the churches trees are under a TPO (Tree Protection Order) so have to have permission to even trim the canopy.

    The ones I picked up were from when the Aroborist had cut off the limbs that were on the planning permission. Not sure if you have seen a UK planning permission (See link) they have to go through the planning process every time they need anything doing.

    I can see why as if you got a rouge group then they could be taken down easily.


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    Years ago I bought a book about the history of the pommy longbow from your country, in the pre internet days it cost me 40 GBP excellent book though.
    The spanish yew was the best yew for bow staves.
    Statute of Westminster in 1472, every ship coming to an English port had to bring four bowstaves for every tun. Richard III of England increased this to ten for every tun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan morrison View Post
    I don't know how much truth is in this, but I read that as Churches and Church yards were sacrosanct then Yew was planted there, in the old days, to protect them as Yew was the source of their weapons, ie longbows and arrows. It sounds feasible anyway.
    Many old churches are on the sites of pagan worship sites.Yew was a sacred tree to the pagans hence Yew being in churchyards.
    Yew longbows were nearly all made from staves imported from France,Spain and Italy.The climate in these countries produces a superior timber to UK Yew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wm460 View Post
    Years ago I bought a book about the history of the pommy longbow from your country, in the pre internet days it cost me 40 GBP excellent book though.
    The spanish yew was the best yew for bow staves.
    Statute of Westminster in 1472, every ship coming to an English port had to bring four bowstaves for every tun. Richard III of England increased this to ten for every tun.
    Yes and the great thing about this was that our ancestors had little taste, they too enjoyed the rancid grape juice the French think is the best thing since sliced baguettes (can you tell I don’t drink?) However we had the last laugh, the import of this vinegar required the payment of taxes in the form of yew staves, which the wine seller was supposed to give the buyer to pass as the import tax. And then we made longbows out of them and killed them with the bows! They always were a bit daft and relied on their mechanically inferior cross bow!
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    I have read that YEW was planted as it keeps animals away due to the poisonous berries .

    So they surrounded the church yards etc with it so locals weren’t tempted to graze their beasts on the free ground.

     
     
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    If anyone is interested in the history of the English longbow there are two books I recommend you buy,steal or borrow.

    Longbow by that great actor Robert Hardy.
    The Great Warbow by Robert Hardy and Matthew Strickland.

    Both are an excellent read.As well as a fine actor Robert Hardy was an acknowledged expert and maker of the English longbow.
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    Congratulations I happen to have a great love for the burl form of this tree,your pen is aripper mate.
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