Common Uses for Basswood

Basswood, also known as Tilia Americana, is a popular choice of wood among manufacturers for various reasons. This lightweight, yet strong and flexible wood is easy to work with and can be used for a wide range of applications. Besides being a popular hardwood choice for shutters and blinds, we find manufacturers considering basswood in these type of applications as well.

1. Carving and Sculpting Basswood is often used for carving and sculpting due to its softness and uniform texture. Its fine grain allows for intricate details to be added to the piece, making it a popular choice among woodworkers and hobbyists. Additionally, it's easy to sand and paint, which means it can be finished to match any desired look.

2. Musical Instruments Basswood is a common wood used in the construction of musical instruments due to its lightweight and resonant properties. It's often used to make guitar bodies, drum shells, and even violin bows. Basswood's natural resonance makes it an ideal choice for producing clear and vibrant sounds.

3. Packaging Basswood's lightweight and durable properties make it a popular choice for packaging materials. It's often used to make crates, pallets, and other shipping materials. Additionally, it's environmentally friendly as it can be easily recycled and reused.

4. Model Making. Basswood is often used to make architectural models, scale models of vehicles, and other miniature models. It's also a popular choice for creating prototypes, as it's easy to work with and can be shaped and sanded to the desired specifications.

If you're looking for basswood lumber for your manufacturing needs, let us know. We regularly manufacturer and inventory basswood in several of our sawmill locations including  our Smyrna Sawmill facility, Clendenin LumberHawkeye Forest Products and Wagner Lumber.  We typically cut 4/4” – 8/4” basswood in most grades. We ship in full tractor trailer load quantities, (12,000 board feet), but do offer mixed species loads.

Contact us today for more information!

Tony Cimorelli
Baillie Lumber Co.
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