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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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    BASS1092_1
    BASS1092
    1"
    x 5.25" x
    47.06"
    Knots. Skip planed.

    $14.20 $10.65

    BASS1091_1
    BASS1091
    1"
    x 4.06" x
    47.06"
    Skip planed.

    $12.04 $9.03

    BASS1090_1
    BASS1090
    1"
    x 4.06" x
    47.06"
    Defect on edge.

    $11.20 $8.40

    BASS1089_1
    BASS1089
    1"
    x 5.06" x
    47.06"
    Defect on edge. Skip planed.

    $12.80 $9.60

    BASS1088_1
    BASS1088
    1"
    x 5.06" x
    47"
    Knot. Bark inclusion. Skip planed. Minor live edge.

    $13.20 $9.90

    BASS1087_1
    BASS1087
    1"
    x 4.06" x
    47.06"
    Knots.

    $12.00 $9.00

    BASS1086_1
    BASS1086
    1"
    x 5.06" x
    47"
    Some live edge. Defect on edge. Worm tracks.

    $12.60 $9.45

    BASS1085_1
    BASS1085
    1"
    x 4.13" x
    47"
    Defect on surface. Skip planed.

    $12.40 $9.30

    BASS1084_1
    BASS1084
    1"
    x 5.31" x
    47.06"
    Knots. Skip planed.

    $14.40 $10.80

    BASS1083_1
    BASS1083
    1"
    x 4.19" x
    47.06"
    Cracks. Skip planed.

    $12.20 $9.15

    BASS1082_1
    BASS1082
    1"
    x 5.69" x
    47"
    Cracks. Skip planed.

    $14.20 $10.65

    BASS1081_1
    BASS1081
    1"
    x 5.88" x
    47"
    Cracks.

    $13.28 $9.96

    BASS1080_1
    BASS1080
    1"
    x 6.06" x
    47"
    Defects on edge. knot.

    $14.20 $10.65

    BASS1079_1
    BASS1079
    1"
    x 5.63" x
    47.06"
    Crack.

    $13.46 $10.10

    BASS1078_1
    BASS1078
    1"
    x 6.06" x
    47.06"
    Crack.

    $14.00 $10.50

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