BASSWOOD is the most common commercial name for the tree Tilia americana.
Basswood is called beetree in some areas because the flowers of Tilia trees draw bees in droves.
Basswood is also used for matches, blind slats, woodenware and novelty items.
Basswood is a natural choice for carving and turnery because it cuts easily with and across the grain.
Basswood and lime do have a drawback as a carving wood: neither is very durable and both are susceptible to woodworm.
However, basswood is also known as the woodcarver's favorite species.
Jim Dumas, president of Certainly Wood, described basswood as one of the less glamorous woods in the world.
The reason that basswood is so popular with carvers is that the wood works well with hand or machine tools and is "kind" to cutting tool surfaces as long as they are kept sharp.
In less glamorous applications, basswood is commonly used for making crates and boxes, charcoal, hatblocks and excelsior.
Basswood is never used where strength is important, for that is not one of its properties.