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Basswood or Linden wood consist of over 30 species common in Europe, Asia and North America


In North America basswood ranges from south west New Brunswick into Quebec, Ontario and southeast Manitoba and down through the central and eastern United States.

Basswood commonly grows with other species of hardwood such as maple, ash and oak. It isn't uncommon for basswood to grow to over 100 feet in height and have diameters of over 4 feet.

The wood itself varies in color between heartwood and sapwood. The sapwood tends to be cream to bone color while the heartwood is usually a rusty brown color. Since the wood has such a soft texture and feel it is easy to work with hand tools and machines.

Primary uses for basswood

  • carving
  • veneer
  • construction of mobile homes and RV's
  • signs
  • pulp / paper


Basswood is not considered to be toxic

Basswood is also commonly known as

  • American Basswood
  • American Linden Wood
  • Whitewood
  • Black lime tree

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