Where to find Basswood in Madison WI area

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Forum topic by rustfever posted 04-13-2018 04:07 AM 1408 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2018 04:07 AM

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I will be in Madison WI in late May. I would like to get a moderate supply of Basswood [4/4, 8/4, and 12/4] for carving projects. I would like to get a lead on suppliers in the Madison area.
Can anyone offer suggestion?
Central Calif.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 04:26 AM

I don’t know if they have exactly the size you want, but have you looked at Michaels, Joann’s, or Hobby Lobby? They all carry basswood; some in pretty decent sizes. Larger ones would probably require somewhere else that I am not knowledgeable enough to answer for your area.

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 12:39 PM

Looks like there is a Woodcraft store there. They should have a supply of basswood and probably a better selection than the craft stores usually carry, at least where I live.

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 12:49 PM

Check out

He has lots of woods .. great guy to deal with

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#4 posted 04-13-2018 01:36 PM

I used to live in the Milwaukee area and Kettle Moraine hardwoods was always pretty good. Looks like about 1.5 hours from you, which is how far I have to travel for a decent hardwood supplier now :(.

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#5 posted 04-13-2018 01:46 PM

Most retail stores like Woodcraft and Hobby Lobby don’t carry very good quality basswood. I order most of my basswood from Heinecke. They mill their own and you can get it in custom sizes also. Nice people to deal with

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#6 posted 04-13-2018 02:20 PM

Shipping would be required, but Hobby Hardwood Alabama produces basswood. I bought one 8 foot plank of 8/4 just to cut up into blanks.

I think their prices are quite good.

4/4 is $3
8/4 is $4.50
12/4 is $6.50 / bf

extra for wide boards.

How much is a “moderate supply”?


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#7 posted 04-13-2018 02:37 PM

Oh, I see you are in California. So, you are driving to Wisconsin because they don’t have basswood in California?

What I was thinking when you said “moderate supply”, was that I really didn’t need my one 8 foot plank of 8/4 and could maybe saw it up and ship it to you for the price of the wood + shipping + a few bucks for the trouble.


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#8 posted 04-13-2018 05:52 PM

The best basswood I’ve ever found is at Heinecke They are in Wisconsin, but it’s a 4 hour drive from Madison. A good alternative is to do a Google search for Hardwood suppliers in Madison. Also, you can look for lumber mills there.

In my opinion, stay away from basswood at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc. It tends to be Southern basswood which is harder, not as white, and has more grain structure than Northern basswood. Same at Woodcraft; I buy tools from Woodcraft, but not basswood.



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