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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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    Basswood-1Common&better-8/4Lumber

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    Basswood-1Common&better-16/4Lumber

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    1 Common & better
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    Basswood

    Defects on 1 Side

    BASS1051
    69.44 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    Defects on 1 Side

    $16.70

    Basswood

    Defects on 1 Side

    BASS1051
    69.44 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $16.70

    Basswood
    BASS1051
    69.44 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $16.70

    Basswood

    Small wave in the board

    BASS1050
    43.19 × 3 × 0.94 in

    Small wave in the board

    Basswood

    Small wave in the board

    BASS1050
    43.19 × 3 × 0.94 in
    Basswood
    BASS1050
    43.19 × 3 × 0.94 in

    $8.07

    Basswood

    Defects (1) Side

    BASS1049
    50.38 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    Defects (1) Side

    $12.12

    Basswood

    Defects (1) Side

    BASS1049
    50.38 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $12.12

    Basswood
    BASS1049
    50.38 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $12.12

    Basswood

    Defects, Knots

    BASS1048
    55.94 × 4.69 × 0.94 in

    Defects, Knots

    $13.36

    Basswood

    Defects, Knots

    BASS1048
    55.94 × 4.69 × 0.94 in

    $13.36

    Basswood
    BASS1048
    55.94 × 4.69 × 0.94 in

    $13.36

    Basswood

    Wane (1) Side

    BASS1046
    53.5 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    Wane (1) Side

    $14.16

    Basswood

    Wane (1) Side

    BASS1046
    53.5 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $14.16

    Basswood
    BASS1046
    53.5 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $14.16

    Basswood

    Defect on 1 side

    BASS1045
    57 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    Defect on 1 side

    $13.71

    Basswood

    Defect on 1 side

    BASS1045
    57 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $13.71

    Basswood
    BASS1045
    57 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

    $13.71

    Basswood

    1 Small knot

    BASS1044
    54.44 × 3.69 × 0.94 in

    1 Small knot

    $12.51

    Basswood

    1 Small knot

    BASS1044
    54.44 × 3.69 × 0.94 in

    $12.51

    Basswood
    BASS1044
    54.44 × 3.69 × 0.94 in

    $12.51

    Basswood

    Cracks.

    BASS1043
    38.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 in

    Cracks.

    $11.98

    Basswood

    Cracks.

    BASS1043
    38.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 in

    $11.98

    Basswood
    BASS1043
    38.5 × 5.5 × 0.94 in

    $11.98

    Basswood

    Clear.

    BASS1042
    40 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    Clear.

    $14.47

    Basswood

    Clear.

    BASS1042
    40 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $14.47

    Basswood
    BASS1042
    40 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $14.47

    Basswood

    Knot, defect on edge.

    BASS1039
    50.25 × 4.5 × 0.94 in

    Knot, defect on edge.

    $12.80

    Basswood

    Knot, defect on edge.

    BASS1039
    50.25 × 4.5 × 0.94 in

    $12.80

    Basswood
    BASS1039
    50.25 × 4.5 × 0.94 in

    $12.80

    Basswood

    Knots.

    BASS1037
    59.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    Knots.

    $21.37

    Basswood

    Knots.

    BASS1037
    59.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $21.37

    Basswood
    BASS1037
    59.19 × 6.38 × 0.94 in

    $21.37

    Basswood

    Knots, defect on edge.

    BASS1036
    57.31 × 5.38 × 0.94 in

    Knots, defect on edge.

    $15.71

    Basswood

    Knots, defect on edge.

    BASS1036
    57.31 × 5.38 × 0.94 in

    $15.71

    Basswood
    BASS1036
    57.31 × 5.38 × 0.94 in

    $15.71

    Basswood
    Knot
    BASS1033
    67.88 × 5 × 1 in

    Knot

    $21.13

    Basswood
    Knot
    BASS1033
    67.88 × 5 × 1 in

    $21.13

    Basswood
    BASS1033
    67.88 × 5 × 1 in

    $21.13

    Basswood
    Knots
    BASS1032
    66.13 × 5 × 1 in

    Knots

    $18.71

    Basswood
    Knots
    BASS1032
    66.13 × 5 × 1 in

    $18.71

    Basswood
    BASS1032
    66.13 × 5 × 1 in

    $18.71

    Basswood
    (1) Check, Nice board
    BASS1031
    56.69 × 4.06 × 1 in

    (1) Check, Nice board

    $14.33

    Basswood
    (1) Check, Nice board
    BASS1031
    56.69 × 4.06 × 1 in

    $14.33

    Basswood
    BASS1031
    56.69 × 4.06 × 1 in

    $14.33

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    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

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