There are lumberyards and then there are lumberyards. MacBeath Hardwood in West Berkeley is the ne plus ultra of lumberyards. Most places carry two kinds of wood, wrapped and wet. This place offers you everything from Apitong to zebrawood. Don't know what Apitong looks like? No problem: Your personal MacBeath sales assistant will happily show you stacks of it. You can even stroke it and fondle it without supervision! Just remember -- the key to building beautiful things out of wood is to start with beautiful wood. MacBeath has lots of that and it comes in tons of colors and textures. If you're feeling regal, you'll certainly want a big chunk of kingwood. On the other hand, if you're feeling colorful get some pink ivory, purpleheart, rosewood, or ebony. Got to repair the mahogany furniture you accidentally trashed? There are five different kinds of mahogany. Wanna build a teak sailboat? It's there. Just looking for a few pieces of lumber your dad won't know how to use? Get him some Bubinga, lignum vitae, Cocobolo, Goncolo Alves, Padauk, Virola, Pau-Ferro, Avidore, or Pernambuco. He won't even be able to pronounce these. Not sure you even like your dad? Get him a hunk of genuine snakewood.