About

41 dining tables, desks and 23 coffee tables. More limited editions of tables in process.

​The idea behind building the tables had existed in my mind for years, that I would one day build beautiful dining and boardroom tables from hardwood lumber I had milled from the forest on my property.  When Covid arrived in 2020,  I decided to begin the Forest Table project.

 

In 2022 the studio is now outfitted with all new woodworking equipment.

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Neal Livingston

I have a long career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual artist. In wood, I have produced a series of pieces from trees called TREE ART. I am a volunteer community activist for the environment and a renewable energy developer.


Black River Maple Products is a commercial maple syrup operation in part of my forest since 1985. Our syrup has a great customer loyalty, and is highly regarded and even awarded, Maple Products | Black River

Forest Table 

 

 

I decided as an artist to expand my repertoire, by building these tables like an edition of artwork, rather than as a commercial furniture production house.

 

The tables are beautiful and unique. Half of the tables are more or less matched and could be sold to one client for a restaurant or are perfect to be sold individually. The other tables, some of which are desks, are higher valued, and have incredibly beautiful wood patterns in them, are bespoke, unique, and will not be found elsewhere.

 

As far as I can tell, there is no one in North America who is harvesting their own lumber and then building tables for sale.

Forestry In Nova Scotia

 

 

The other impetus behind Forest Table is that for years I have tried to figure out how to receive any decent value when we selection cut wood out of my forest. Unfortunately, clearcutting is about 95% of cutting in Nova Scotia.

 

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are 25 years or more behind the times in forestry reform in Canada, for cutting practices and for what is paid to small woodlot owners. If I was in Quebec or Ontario, I would be able to sell a few logs a year and get paid very well for them. ​

 

After 40 years as a woodlot owner and operator, having tried almost every other option from selling logs to lumber, I came to realize that the only way to realize proper value from my forest is to make a high-value product.  I believe making and marketing these Forest Tables is a part of reforming forestry practices in Nova Scotia.

 

The FOREST TABLES are all Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

ECO-Forestry

 

We only selection cut, using eco-forestry principles and common sense, to preserve the diverse ecosystem of the forest. In 2008 the Province of Nova Scotia awarded me as the Eastern Counties Woodlot Owner of The Year, and in 2021 I have been nominated again.