‘Yew wood’ be amazed at what I came across! While searching online, I found Wooly Moss Roots Etsy seller advertising their handmade yew wood buttons.
I contacted Jeff and Taryn from Wooly Moss Roots and asked them if they made their wood buttons from fallen branches of their yew trees. I was curious to know how they maintained their yew trees on their property.
Taryn responded with this reply:
“We use many fallen branches from this land to make buttons. We also trim our fruit trees every year and we use the branches from them to make buttons as well.
I’ll tell you the story of the yew wood that these buttons are made from. The yew was a special bush in our yard. We put fencing around it to protect it, when we had goats and let them free range. One day we came outside to see that our goats had climbed up and pushed the fencing and eaten over it. They ate up that yew bush and it died. We saved every last piece of that special wood. We’d like to plant another yew plant here someday.
Every wood we create with has a story. If it doesn’t come from the land we live on, it is always reclaimed. 🙂 “
It was lovely of Taryn to share their story with me. I have a feeling that their goats may have eaten the yew tree because of its medicinal properties. No kidding!
“They provide food with their berries for animals like elk. It is said a yew berry is like a human eating a strawberry for elk, it is a delicious snack for them that provides many nutrients and perhaps some anti-parasitic properties for their stomachs.” ~ naturalarcher.com
Although I haven’t reviewed Jeff and Taryn’s yew buttons personally, I felt that their buttons were worthy of mention.
I thought Jeff’s handmade wood button creation was quite lovely. What do you think?
Read about Taxus Brevifolia (Pacific Yew) at naturalarcher.com. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and found it an easy read.