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.
The black steel legs, and stainless steel legs, are the highest quality one’s available in North America. I tested legs from several major suppliers, but I found the best quality to be available from two small Canadian suppliers.
The larger tables have added aluminum understructure supports, custom-made for us in Margaree, Nova Scotia. These supports provide extra strength to the table structure and are a common feature in many tables today.
I own small equipment to both winch and haul logs out of the forest. We do this work in September.
Mark DeBaie of Inverness, a professional cutter, assists us with this work, as does my son Geoffrey Livingston.
There are several small locally operated portable sawmills that will come to my property to mill logs into lumber.
Solar panels cover the roof of the studio building, and net meter the electricity to the grid, providing clean energy for the workshop, my home, and the maple syrup operation.
- I have tried to be conscious at all stages regarding the ecological footprint for the Forest Table project.
95% of the heating of the studio space last winter was from cut-offs and discarded pieces of the hardwood lumber we used for the tables.