Tilia americana – is a light, soft wood which is easily worked and very stable. Basswood has white sapwood, and light reddish brown heartwood. It has a closed, indistinct grain pattern. Basswood grows throughout the Northeastern USA. It represents 5-8% of the volume of timber in lumber production. Basswood lumber is regularly sold in the rough cut form. It can also be surfaced, (S2S), upon request. Basswood can also be provided to customers as SLR2E if desired.

Use: Blind slats, musical instruments, containers, woodenware, novelties, furniture.

Availability: Generally available in thicknesses 4/4 through 12/4.

Basswood Hardwood Lumber Pricing: As a species, Basswood lumber is considered to have a low to moderate hardwood lumber price point. For a quote email us at

Relative Working Properties:
Machining Resistance to
Splitting in Nailing
Resistance to
Splitting in Screwing
Very Good Excellent Good Very Good
Physical Properties:
Specific Gravity (12% M.C.) Average Shipping Weight kilograms (kg) per cubic metre (m3) Air Dry Average Volumetric Shrinkage (oven dry % of Green) Modulus of Rupture (Kilopascals) Modulus of Elasticity (Megapascals) Side Hardness (Newtons)
0.37 381 15.8 60,000 10,100 1,800


North American Species