Best Place to Get Wood San Francisco 2008 - MacBeath Hardwood
Non-woodworkers stand to get the most out of a visit to MacBeath Hardwood, because they're often unaware of the effect wood's aroma compounds can have on the mood. As you walk past the small white outbuilding that serves as a sales office into the warehouse containing many of the exotic woods MacBeath is famous for, your nerve receptors are overwhelmed with a beautiful aroma. Afromosia, bloodwood, cocobolo, ebony, jatoba, kingwood, lacewood, paduk, pernambuco, tulipwood, yellowheart, and dozens of other deep-colored, rich-grained woods release their fragrant essential oils into the air to conjure a smell rivaling the great perfumeries of Europe. For the less ethereal-minded, MacBeath is also a good place to get reasonably priced sheets of Russian birch plywood, hard-to-find splotchy cedar veneer, or a small block of stunning purpleheart from the scrap bin by the sales desk. Those are perfect for making jewelry-like penholders.