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Basswood

Tilia americana
Also known as |
American Basswood|Basswood|Lime|Linden
Basswood Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

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 is commonly called “Basswood.”

Straight grains and fine texture combined with its soft character — make Basswood exceptionally easy to work. It glues and finishes well, but does not bend well. Its consistency, light color, light density and hardness (bordering on that of a softwood) has made it a popular fine carving wood for centuries.

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

Why We Love This Wood

Basswood has come into vogue over the past three decades as an electric guitar body wood, given its lightweight, resonant quality. Its softness and light, rather nondescript appearance makes it a prime choice species for carvers. For use in any finished products, a hard, protective finish is recommended, as basswood is decidedly non-durable.

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    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF2.2
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3415
    Janka Hardness - LBF410
    Janka Hardness - N1824
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    Bark inclusion, Crack, Skip planed, Surface defect

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    Skip planed, Edge defect

    $12.40

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    BASS1064
    0.88"
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    45.88"
    Bark inclusion, Edge defect

    $7.20

    BASS1063_1
    BASS1063
    1"
    x 7" x
    48.19"
    Crack, Edge defect

    $17.00

    BASS1062_1
    BASS1062
    0.88"
    x 4" x
    43.75"
    Edge defect, Skip planed, Bark inclusion

    $6.80

    BASS1061_1
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    1"
    x 4.06" x
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    Bark inclusion, Edge defect

    $11.40

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    1"
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    48.88"
    Skip Planed

    $10.40

    BASS1059_1
    BASS1059
    1.06"
    x 5.69" x
    49.5"
    Crack,Skip planed

    $14.20

    BASS1058_1
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    0.94"
    x 4.06" x
    55.44"
    Bark inclusion, Skip planed

    $12.80

    BASS1057_1
    BASS1057
    1"
    x 4" x
    48.88"
    Edge defect

    $11.82

    BASS1056_1
    BASS1056
    1.06"
    x 5.69" x
    47.75"
    Clean

    $14.68

    BASS1055_1
    BASS1055
    1"
    x 5.63" x
    48.81"
    Clean

    $15.12

    BASS1054_1
    BASS1054
    0.94"
    x 5.94" x
    43.94"
    Edge defect, Bark inclusion

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    1"
    x 4.06" x
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