Visits to NYCitySlab are by appointment only.  We are available M-F, 8:00AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 11:00AM to 2:00PM. Please contact us to schedule a yard and/or shop appointment.

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Robert Rising (the "BlackLumberjack") is a vegetarian, mills his own grains, and restores antiques. In 2004, he set out to build his own house out of local wood.  After a successful but difficult search, he decided to continue on, and help others to find quality, local NYC wood.

Robert now operates and runs NYCitySlab, a company dedicated to saving fallen trees and rescuing and recycling beautiful slabs from mulch, destruction and waste, and transforming them into works of art and function for your home.

NYCitySlab is proudly a very small but sustainable operation, with big wood, big equipment, and big dreams.  

Please visit our Blog for daily, sometimes hourly, updates. 


Provider of Raw Materials

We sell quality raw materials, hand-picked by the BlackLumberjack himself!

SLABS:  We mill six days a week and have over 100,000 board feet of material and 20,000 of that is Walnut, and counting, all on hand for you to choose from. Single or sets of slabs cut from trees that come from NYC and beyond. We document and save these trees so that they can be re-purposed for your use.  Did we mention that we also have lots of Black Walnut?!

RECLAIMED BOARDS:  We have wood from over 10 buildings, that's 100,000 linear feet and counting! We get calls daily about rescuing more vintage lumber from old and historic buildings all over NYC.  We travel directly to the demolition site to document and gather these great materials so that you can incorporate a little bit of NYC history into your project. 

STUMPS AND FLARES:  Versatile and interesting pieces received daily from local NYC tree cutters. Great for local wood turners, artists, and amateurs! Looking for the perfect organic coffee table or center piece for your office or studio, please take a look at our stumps and flares inventory.


We are thrilled to announce that we now are the proud owners of a 45' high cube reefer container kiln that is able to dry 5000 b.f. of hardwood at one time!  After milling and air-drying, our wood is kiln dried unless specified otherwise by client.  With the largest selection of wood slabs in a 100-mile radius, we are sure to have what you need.  Hit us up!

Designer and Creator 

CUSTOM FURNITURE:  We work with you to design and create your own custom furniture, using any selection of materials. We have everything you need! We've worked with local restaurants, companies, and homeowners to create and deliver unique furniture made from local NYC materials, creating timeless pieces and saving a little piece of history.  If you're feeling adventurous, we even offer a "Do It Yourself" option for you to partake in a bit of the process! 

FULL METAL SHOP:   Our slab table leg options can we found on the metal page and we can also fabricate whatever you like. We have a lathe and milling machine, anvil and forge, allowing us to manipulate and design your metal your way. Whether its new iron, straight hot or cold rolled, or old iron, we can create pieces for your furniture. We can also provide many finishes for your metal - paint, patina and powder coating. 



Provider of Services

OTHER SERVICES:  We can handle large, heavy boards, can plane 36"W, can joint 30"W, and can mill logs up to 45"W x 45'L.  We sand, finish, and have a full metal shop.  Check out our full list of services, and contact us with your inquiries.

EQUIPMENT: We have a bandsaw mill that can cut 46" wide and 45' long, allowing us to build almost anything you can think of.