Basswood 1

Basswood, also called American basswood, lime, and linden (scientific name: Tiliaamericana), has a heartwood of white to light brown color. Sapwood is not distinguishable from heartwood, and knots are uncommon. Its texture is even, luster is moderate, and grain is straight.

Basswood is commonly found in eastern North America. It is not durable for heartwood decay.

Janka Hardness :

1,820 N (410 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

415 kg/m3 (26 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Soft and light, it is easy to work with. It is well suited for hand carving, gluing, and finishing. It has poor steam bending and nail holding properties.


Pricing / Availability

This domestic hardwood is relatively inexpensive and widely accessible. It is available as lumber or carving blocks, and the price increases with the size of the blocks.



Basswood is not mentioned in the IUCN’s Red List or the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

It is used for making musical instruments (electric guitar bodies), carvings, veneer, plywood, lumber, wood pulp, and fiber products.

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