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The Woodcarver's Choice

Basswood Carving Blocks and Wood Price List

Basswood Basswood Tree Basswood Bark and Leaf
Basswood - Tilia Americana - has been considered one of the world's foremost carving woods for centuries because it cuts easily across and with the grain and can be shaped to remarkably fine detail.

Native Indians used the fibrous inner bark to make rope, mats, and thongs.  Some of the Iroquois carved masks in the sapwood of the living tree, then split it off from the trunk, and hollowed it out from behind.

Basswood is a soft, lightweight hardwood that is non toxic and has a mild clean smell when freshly cut.  Its heartwood ranges from a creamy white to a creamy brown.  Its sapwood is nearly white.  The wood has a fine and uniform texture.  Though it dulls cutting edges slightly, it is easy to work.  Keep your cutting tools sharp.  Because basswood is not durable, it should not be used outdoors.

The tree grows very quickly, and the wood is readily available.  It is related to linden and lime - other species of tilia - that grow in Europe.

Click here for our Basswood carving blocks and wood price list.

 Also see Butternut for more carving wood.

Are you new to woodcarving and would you like to get a feel for different carving woods without spending lots of money?  Try our Carving Wood Sample Kit which contains:

4  Basswood blanks 3/4" x 3/4" x 6"

4  Butternut blanks 3/4" x 3/4" x 6"

2  Honduras Mahogany blanks 3/4" x 3/4" x 6"

Special  $12.00   Free Shipping!

To order call 1-888-807-0087


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