Basswood: Domestic Hardwood
Basswood is a light-colored wood that is most often used for carving. The wood has fairly straight grain and is soft and easy to carve by hand.
This wood is also very lightweight, making it good for projects when the overall weight of the piece is a factor. Basswood is also used for secondary applications like drawers and boxes. It is easily worked with hand and power tools.
|Origin of Wood Type||Typically midwest to eastern U.S.|
|Botanical Name||Tilia Americana|
|Avg. Weight Per BF||2.6 lbs|
|Color Range||White to light cream|
|Rarity / Availability||Common|
|Typical Avg. Width||4 – 10 inches|
|Typical Avg. Length||8 – 12 feet|
|Avg. Waste Factor||25%|
|Wood Uses||Carving and Woodworking|
|Lumber Grades||2 common, up to FAS grade|
|Other Trade Names||American Basswood, Lime, Linden|