Pacific Yew, Taxus brevifolia, is very similar in color to its relative English Yew, Taxus baccata. The sapwood is a cream color while the heartwood is a combination of amber, purple, tan and gold. It is used in cabinet making when an “elegant rustic look” is desired – elegant because of the way the colors radiate after finishing, rustic due to knots and bark pockets. As one of the hardest softwoods, it is a prime wood for canoe paddles and archery supplies. Be careful not to use it around food in that it can be quite toxic.