(Wishkah Valley , Wa.)
I'd heard in passing about yew but had never seen one out in woods. Was sailing up west coast Vancouver Island from Westport Wa. summer of 1977. Spent a few days tucked into Barkley Sound enjoying a great area with lots of oysters. Was mucking about a little cove when I spot this really gnarly looking tree. I had a tree book onboard and yes, it was a yew. Had a dead branch with a really nice curve so I cut off a 6 foot piece and using hatchet, plane and saw( Rush used hatchet/ax/sword to tame oaks/maples-from "Trees") I made a tiller that sailed me into an amazing amount of anchorages along B.C. coast and north of 54/40 to Chatham Straits. Also lots of Grays Harbor bar crossings.
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