Basswood – Tilia americana
If you love to carve then this is the wood for you. It has a cream color with very little to no pattern from grain so you can cut it in basically any direction. Very easy to carve.
It’s not the greatest for machining and tends to rip or crush under the pressure of a cutting tool and when sawn it leaves a fuzzy or woolly surface. It’s also not very strong and tends to break into small pieces.
One of it’s best attributes in addition to it’s carving characteristics is it’s stability. It tends to maintain it’s shape. That’s one of the reasons that it’s used for making the keys in keyboard instruments.
Best of all is that it’s inexpensive.
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