Yew is one of the few conifers which has a timber hard and dense enough to be used for quality furniture and woodworking projects as if it were a hardwood.  In fact its annual growth rings are so tight that it is usually harder and heavier than your average hardwood,  and it planes, sands and polishes easily.  Another benefit of yew is that it is very stable,  so it doesn’t distort much with moisture content changes.  Because Yew trees are often contorted in their growth pattern,  sometimes there are internal stresses remaining,  so cutting boards down the middle or resizing into narrow components can  lead to boards springing considerably.    The warm orange hue will gradually over the years mature to a darker colour more like american cherry or a medium mahogany.    Knots and splits are typical,  hence it is usually offered with waney edges,  being a character timber.  Pipp is common.