Basswood (Tilia americana), also called Linden in the botanical world, grows in the Eastern half of the United States as far west as Nebraska and Texas. It is perhaps the softest wood (along with Tupelo Gum) outside of Balsa in the "Hardwood" family of trees. Basswood has almost no visible grain or pores. The lumber from the basswood tree is light in color, almost cream white, but perhaps not as white as Holly wood. Interestingly, the wood does not appear to oxidize like other woods. Basswood lumber on the walls in the showroom from 1975 is almost as light in color as fresh wood on the rack. All the other woods have noticeable discoloration from exposure to air.
The softness of Basswood makes it the "training wheels" of carving woods. Any beginner can pick up a piece with almost any tool and craft a pleasing wood sculpture. Basswood is a favorite in the hobby shops and in architecture schools for models for the ease of working with only hand tools. We offer basswood from 1" thick rough up to 4" thick lumber. Once, a man who carved totem poles for a hobby requested a whole basswood log. It took a few months but we were able to procure (and deliver!) his log. Talk about your special order lumber!
Basswood Lumber Rack
4" Thick Basswood Lumber
Basswood Carving Blocks in Showroom
Basswood Carving, Stained Dark
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