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.
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: