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Where It's From:
Basswood (Tilia americana) is native to Eastern North America.
Why It's Special:
Basswood is probably one of the best suited wood species for hand carving. It’s one of the lightest woods that is still considered “hardwood”.
How It Works:
The texture makes it easy to work with, while its pale inconspicuous color doesn’t distract from the carved patterns of the finished product. It’s also easier to paint and color than some other species because the wood is so light-shaded.
Its color is pale white to cream and is mostly uniform throughout the surface of the wood.
Uses include carvings, veneer, plywood, wood pulp and fiber products.