Basswood

By on September 9, 2010 -- Modified on August 17, 2017

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

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3 thoughts on “Basswood”

  1. 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?

    By CaliCafe -- January 9, 2020
  2. 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

    By ozark14 -- April 4, 2011
    • Well done. 1st place is awesome. Did you happen to take any pictures of your bridge? I’d love to see them.

      By Garrett Boon -- April 6, 2011

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