Basswood has been my wood of choice since I won the GA state Science Olympiad bridge building event back in 2004. I have since used Basswood with much success in bridges and towers. My Fernbank Bridge was built completely using Basswood.

Why Do I Like Basswood So Much?

Basswood has some advantages over Balsa wood. For instance:

  • Basswood has significant natural strength. This makes it easier to work with.
  • Basswood bends easily. For making arch bridges, this comes in handy.
  • Basswood looks nice
  • Basswood is relatively consistent from tree to tree in density.

However, Basswood does have some disadvantages. These include:

  • Basswood is more expensive than other woods, such as Balsa.
  • Basswood is not always readily available.

Basswood Information
Here is another resource about Basswood.

Glue for Basswood

Basswood does not require the use of special glue. I would still follow my recommendations at my Glue Tips page.

Where to Buy Basswood

I would always recommend that you go to a local hobby store to pick up your Basswood. However, if that is not an option, here are some places to buy Basswood online:
Basswood Sheets

Basswood Sticks

3 thoughts on “Basswood”

  1. Hello there, i go to Ozark High School and I am currently a Freshman. I won 1st place in a school wide competition and im proud. i will be going to MSU April 6th

  2. Hello! I am a SoCal Scioly participant. I’m interested in using basswood for my boomilever this year, but I’m not sure if the extra weight will be worth. Do you have any advice?


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