Basswood - 4" x 6" x 12"
Basswood (Tilia americana) is fine, straight grain material with an even texture and little contrast between early and late wood. Creamy white in color and lighter in weight than the related European Lime. Easy to work, being very soft and light. Perhaps one of the most suitable wood...
- Fairly soft, preferred wood for carving
- Creamy white color
- Glues and finishes well
- Native to USA and Canada
- Thickness: 4"
- Width: 6"
- Length: 12"
- (1) Basswood - 4" x 6" x 12" Wood Carving Stock
- Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
- Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
- Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
- Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.
Articles & Blogs
This three-part How-To carving series, just in time for the holidays, will guide you through the steps to Carve a Christmas Elf with accomplished multimedia carver and sculptor Justin Gordon of Groveland, Mass.
Part I will focus on blocking out the carving on the wood, Part II will detail instructions for the carving process, and Part III will show the process for painting and finishing your elf.
World’s Master Carver, Ernest “Mooney” Warther, Part 2 – Whittling Basswood Pliers with David Warther
This is part 2 on the World’s Master Carver, Ernest “Mooney” Warther and his family. To see Part 1, click here. In that blog, we mentioned that Mooney and Freida had 5 children. One of which is the late David Warther (below). Dave and his wife had 4 boys, Dale, Dave Jr., Dan and the youngest, Mark who operates the Warther Museum today. The 3rd and 4th generation Warther family does many things for their community, and especially each visiting child to the Warther Museum.
Basswood is the wood to use for carving. It's soft and doesn't require a lot of drying time.