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Botanical Name

Tilia americana

Other Names

American Basswood, Basswood, Lime, Linden

Main Color Group

Yellow / White

Grain Pattern

Even

Workability

Medium

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

26

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

415

Janka Hardness - LBF

410

Janka Hardness - Newtons

1824

Basswood’s color ranges from a pale off-white to pale yellow, to a very light muted brown. The species is known for its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, although its lack of density can make it susceptible to damage if placed under excessive weight. While species from the Tilia genus are referred to as either “Lime” or “Linden” in Europe, in North America it?s commonly called “Basswood.”

Its straight grains and fine texture — combined with its soft character — make Basswood decidedly easy to work. It glues and finishes well, but does not bend well. Its consistence, light color and light density and hardness (bordering on that of a softwood) makes it a popular wood for hand carvings.

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Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Carvings, wagon boxes, musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), cheap furniture, veneer, plywood, utility wood and wood pulp and fiber products.

Comments: Basswood has come into vogue over the three decades as an electric guitar body wood, given its lightweight, resonant quality. Its softness and light, rather indescript appearance makes it a favorite among hand carvers, also. For use in any finished products, a hard, protective finish is recommended, as basswood is decidedly non-durable.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionprice_hsort
Basswood
$194.9965.25 x 7.5 x 3.75 inBASS1005

Width tapers from 7.5″ – 9.0″.

194.99
Basswood
$78.7668.75 x 5.75 x 1.562 inBASS1004

Knots on one face.

78.76
Basswood
$105.2361.25 x 4.312 x 4 inBASS1003

Wane on one edge.

105.23
Basswood
$30.9563.125 x 7.875 x 0.937 inBASS1002

Small knot on one face.

30.95
Basswood
$38.8879.312 x 7.875 x 0.937 inBASS1001

Wane on one edge.

38.88

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