The Best Balsa Wood for Model-Building and More

All model-building fans know that balsa wood is an essential material for their craft. Sourced from the eponymous tree, this wood is lightweight, showcases minimal grain, and is favored for its softness—this is the easiest wood to carve and shape. Its firm-like-butter surface also makes it a great choice for pyrography. Given its widespread use as not only a commercial material but a crafting material, balsa wood is readily available in a range of precut shapes and sizes. From sheets to strips to a variety grab bag that’s ideal for elementary school crafts, we’ve found five of the best products to fill your every modeling need.


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