Both Poplar and Basswood are used to make Shutters. Which one do you
choose? Poplar is harder than basswood…feel the difference. Poplar is so
hard your shutters are less likely to crack, split, warp, shrink, nor will
staples come out, compared to basswood. Poplar is an ideal wood for
furniture and cabinets, whereas basswood is ideal for carving. Why do so
many companies sell basswood and do not offer poplar. Basswood is readily
available here in the southwest and poplar is readily available in the
east. Since we have a plant in the east, we have access to poplar, we can
give you this great opportunity to make your choose. See the difference,
feel the difference and make your choice
Yellow Poplar, Tulip Wood
grow taller than any other U.S. hardwood species and they are members of the
Where it Grows
Widespread throughout Eastern U.S. Tree heights can reach 150 feet.
Light construction, furniture, kitchen cabinets, doors, musical instruments,
exterior trim and siding, paneling, mouldings and millwork, edge-glued
panels, turnings and carvings.
A versatile wood that is easy to machine, plane, turn, glue and bore. It
dries easily with minimal movement in performance and has little tendency to
split when nailed. It takes and holds paint, enamel and stain exceptionally
A medium density wood with low bending, shock resistance, stiffness and
compression values, with a medium steam-bending classification. Excellent
strength and stability
The name comes
from its inner bark, or bast, used by Native Americans to make rope.
Where it Grows
Principally the Northern and Lake states. Average tree height is 65 feet.
Carvings, turnings, pattern-making, mouldings, millwork and musical
Basswood machines well and is easy to work with hand tools making it a
premier carving wood. It nails, screws, and glues fairly well and can be
sanded and stained to a good smooth finish. It has fairly high shrinkage but
good dimensional stability when dry.
The wood is light and soft with generally low strength properties and a poor