Wolf & Faun Knits

Yew Tree Buttons

Regular price $5.00
Ethically sourced, wild harvested Yew Tree buttons handmade in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. Each button is hand polished with a beeswax finish. Due to the organic, handmade nature of this product, there will be variety of shape, size and colour. No two buttons will be exactly alike. Every effort will be made to send buttons of similar size, shape or colour when ordered together. 

Approximate Sizes (each button will range slightly in shape):
Large range from about 2.5 to 3 cm (1 - 1.25")  in diameter 
Small range from about 1.5 to 2 cm ( .5 - .75") in diameter 

Yew Trees are a sacred and magical tree, steeped in mythology and legends in all of the cultures Yew Trees are found in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. This is an ancient slow growing tree that results in a tight grained gorgeous hard wood. The oldest living Yew trees known to exist are estimated to be 4000 years old and the yew tree itself has been found to have existed since the Jurassic era. It's no wonder that to the Celts, the Yew tree was a tree of death and re-birth as it seemed to possess an immortality that transcended life and death.Yew is also poisonous (further connecting it to death) and weapons were often tipped with yew poison for battle. It is said that carrying yew wood on you protects you from evil while also increasing your connection and communication to the ancestors and dreamworld. It was a sacred tree of the Druids and many medieval churches seem to be built near Yew trees... suggesting that the areas where Yew grew were considered sacred to both the pre-Christian and then Christian religious leaders. 

Please Note: Due to being a toxic plant, it is recommended that you do not use these buttons on young children or baby toys or garments or where small children are able to chew or suck on them. 

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