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.

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeTypically midwest to eastern U.S.
Botanical NameTilia Americana
Specific Gravity.32
Avg. Weight Per BF2.6 lbs
Color RangeWhite to light cream
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width4 – 10 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor25%
Wood UsesCarving and Woodworking
Lumber Grades2 common, up to FAS grade
Other Trade Names American Basswood, Lime, Linden

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