We have all got it .. if you carve long enough .. you will too .. Bad Basswood .. Perhaps it seems too hard and difficult to carve .. Sometimes southern basswood is like this .. not all .. but some is ..
Well the old timers have recommended a solution mixture of 50 % Alcohol and 50 % water mixed together and spray on the piece as you carve and it softens the wood .. Well I tried it and it works .. If you have a bad piece of basswood and its just very difficult to carve .. Dont throw it away ! .. Try this first and see if you like it ..