We come from a vision of business partners Thomas and Laurent, to create quality pieces of fine furniture and architectural fixtures in wood and metals which are unique to Australia.
The two craftsmen originally forged their friendship during their respective studies at prestigious French University of Trades, Les Compagnons du Devoir, with finesse in both traditional and modern techniques. Their extensive training means they can construct complex and beautifully handcrafted designs.
Reuniting near Byron Bay, Australia in 2016, and together with new friend and business partner, Lisa, they took the opportunity to acquire the former Mullumbimby Joinery. The business had an established clientele for 20+ years and a solid reputation for quality craftsmanship in the heart of the Byron Shire. Laurent and Thomas had embarked on their mutual dream.
Les Compagnons du Devoir (full name: Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, literally ‘Companions of Duty touring France’) is a sacred and prestigious trade university for artisans dating back to the Middle Ages in France.
Students are taught all traditional and modern technical aspects of their trades studying with master craftsmen across France while being immersed in French regional communities. In more recent years, tours extend further overseas.
Graduation rates are very limited due to the regimented training schedules and the years of study required to reach the equivalent of a Masters Degree. It is estimated that fewer than 100 Compagnons live across Australia.
In 2010, Companionship was recognised under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage safe-guard program.
Working with world-leading metal and wood products to create quality finishes.
Our team is trained in ancient handcrafted skills which are blended with modern cutting-edge technologies.
Master craftsman in
furniture & Cabinet Making
Master craftsman in
Metal Fabrication & Blacksmithing
Laurent graduated in Reims, France, 2011 as a Mastercraftsman in Cabinet Making (“Ébéniste” in French) following his seven years of study which focused on unique handcrafted skills.
Despite the fast evolution of woodworking technologies, Laurent believes that it is important to find a good balance between using new or traditional techniques and materials when working with such a pure and fine material such as timber.
Thomas graduated in Reims, France, 2011 as a Mastercraftsman in Metal Fabrication and Blacksmithing (“Serrurier” in French) following his eight years of study focussing on forging skills, including locksmithing.
Thomas’ studies have taken him throughout the world and onward to Australia where he has since worked around the country, including on film sets for Hollywood blockbusters. He has now settled in Mullumbimby.
Thomas is passionate about fabricating and engineering custom-designed staircases, steel doors and windows, furniture and decorative fittings. He also enjoys mentoring apprentices.
Lisa has 15+ years of experience in executive support roles following successful study of an Executive Business Diploma complete with four high distinctions.
She is a keen networker within our stakeholder and membership groups, advocating for regional and small business interests.
She is passionate about implementing ecological and safe working practices within the business.
Customised designs are the only style of steel door we make. We are a small business and focus on tailored solutions for individual needs.
We primarily partner with industry professionals like architects, interior designers and builders who would provide in the first instance complete specifications to quote from.
WHAT IF I AM NOT AN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL?
If you are not an industry professional and the scope of your project is too small to warrant using an architect or designer, it is entirely attainable for you to do your own homework to gather enough of this similar information. Additionally, send a reference image you found on the net: “a picture paints a thousand words”.
Regardless of your level of experience, we require all clients to fully complete our enquiry form plus ensure all of the following information is provided in drawings:
Due to a large amount of sales requests, we have a strict policy of not pricing projects until all information is completed.
Door schedule example
There are limited bi-fold hardware products available in the Australian marketplace in which we are confident to endorse.
We are currently researching and prototyping a small sample of hardware brands for bi-fold steel door configurations.
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Yes, we can.
If you are budget-conscious, we recommend using steel joinery for the featured areas of your home and consider other options for the utilitarian areas.
Our first step in our quoting process is to use your provided measurements using our request form.
Once you have confirmed the job and paid the deposit:
Due to the incredibly high demand of this product, it is highly recommended you contact us as soon as you receive your finalised architectural plans.
We do not mass produce nor pre-fabricate our joinery. We manufacture everything from scratch so lead times may take 2+ months from point of accepting the quote, however this may be negotiated upon and subject to product selections, scale, our workload and your own deadline.
Best practice is confirming your job by paying a deposit during the first stage of construction which will lock in your job.
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If you do not require installation, we can offer an Australia-wide third-party freight company to transport goods or you can organise your own collection from our Mullumbimby workshop.
Delivery is included our installation estimates.
Our workshop is in Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay, Northern NSW.
Our staff can travel to install
All delivery and installation by our staff may incur fees that relate to:
We do not recommend DIY or handyman installation.
You can arrange your own experienced and qualified builder or carpenter to install on your behalf. A minimum of two people is required for installation.
Steel joinery is to most tastes and often not to most budgets. There are three main reasons why our products fetch a high price, especially when drawing comparisons to other metal joinery products.
Secondary factors to consider with custom steel joinery
We do not make standard products, therefore, we do not issue standard prices. If you like to receive a price for your bespoke project, please fully complete this enquiry form.
Why is your price different to other quotes?
We find that pricing against others is often a case of not comparing apples with apples. Please consider if other quotes detail:
We offer competitive pricing for steel doors and windows and will soon be offering three different framing options within our steel joinery range to suit every clients’ needs.
If you are not sure 100% sure about the details in your quotes, please email them to us for comparison.
We stagger all our progress payments as follows:
The abovementioned payments may be subject to further payment increments, (i.e., weekly progress, variations, etc.) if we deem the job large.
Information is key. The more information we have, the more definitive we are in our pricing for our customised products.
We will provide a quote with a firm price once all information is at hand.
We will provide an estimate if we have most of the information yet still lacks minor details. Estimates may present as a price range as we are making a budgetary allowance for variations which still need to be confirmed at a later point.
If you still do not have enough information for us to do estimate, we will postpone pricing until enough information is gathered.
Customised steel doors and windows are to most tastes but not necessarily to all budgets.
We are here to have an open conversation about finding solutions for each clients’ requirements. Fitting into budget ranges is a critical part of the equation. We offer a range of product options and if we do not know how much has been allowed (or not allowed) in budgets, we will not know how to find the right solution.