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The wood of American Basswood is light, fine-grained, and soft. It has been used to make hand-carved articles, boxes, wooden toys, bodies of electric guitars, cheap furniture, and pulp for paper. The name 'Basswood' derives from the word 'bast.' This refers to the stringy inner bark of this tree, which was used to make rope, woven baskets, mats, and fish nets. In addition to 'Basswood,' trees in this genus are referred to as 'Linden' and 'Lime' trees. The name 'Basswood' usually refers to North American species, while 'Linden' and 'Lime' refer to European species. However, this distinction is not always observed

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