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Turns ok soft as H:furious: so take your time with it
 

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I think I would leave that for the carvers. In nine years, I don't think I have ever seen a piece from basswood turn up at our turning club. Very soft wood is really not too much fun to turn. You'll run into enough of it when you get some spalted pieces that have some punky spots.
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It's not bad as long as you use sharp tools. I've turned a fair amount of it. It's bland, no figure so I usually paint, carve or burn it.
 

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How big of a piece is it might be interested in a trade I carve also
 

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Hey Gman,
those are nice. Never thought about using it for something like that. That would be a good use for it.
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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They are balsa but I have stained the basswood before. Its a very soft and porous wood so in my experience it takes stain almost to well. When I dip my rag in stain I make sure to not have any real wet spots. Basically I dip the rag and then fold it over onto its self to make sure the stain is even and not to heavy otherwise it will turn out very dark. I would suggest experimenting on some scrap first if you have that option. Hope this helps
 
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