Best of Boston

1998 Best Lumberyard, Specialty

F. Diehl & Son Inc.

It’s got to tell you something that 80 percent of Diehl’s lumber sales are to professional contractors. The company sells high-end fine lumbers— cherry, teak, mahogany, and maples— and even almost-impossible-to-find fancy decorative moldings for those chi-chi Black Bay renovations. Established in 1876 and still run by the same family, the woodery’s experienced employees help those of us who don’t know much more about good wood than what we’ve seen on Murphy’s Oil Shop commercials.

180 Linden St., Wellesley, 718-235-1530,