American Basswood, also known as American Linden, is a large and fast growing deciduous tree
of eastern and central North America. The tree blooms with clusters of aromatic, yellow blooms during the months
of May and June attracting bees that in turn produce a honey valued for its high-quality. The tree is often fondly
called the Honey or Bee Tree.
The wood is closed grained with a fine, uniform texture, clean with few knots or blemishes. It is soft, lightweight and non toxic with a mild clean smell when freshly cut. The heartwood ranges from a creamy white to a creamy brown. The sapwood is nearly white. Because it cuts easily across and with the grain and can be shaped to remarkably fine detail basswood has been considered one of the world's foremost carving woods for centuries.