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About us

Our vision

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.

About les compagnons du devoir

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.

PRECISE CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

Working with world-leading metal and wood products to create quality finishes.

French tradition

Our team is trained in ancient handcrafted skills which are blended with modern cutting-edge technologies.

Our Team

Laurent Le Pochat

Master craftsman in

furniture & Cabinet Making

Thomas De Toni

Master craftsman in

Metal Fabrication & Blacksmithing

Lisa Galvin

Business Development

& Marketing

modern and minimalist white glossy kitchen in Byron Bay hinterland
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Laurent Le Pochat

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.

Career history and highlights

  • Foreman, Notre Dame de Paris, France
  • Antiquities restorer, Champagne region, France
  • Furniture Maker, Mortice and Tenon, Melbourne

Thomas De Toni

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.

Career history and highlights

  • Set blacksmith, Thor Ragnarök, Australia
  • War memorial restoration, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, northern France
  • Building modifications, Museum of Fine Arts, Marseille, France

Lisa Galvin

Lisa heads up our Business Development and Marketing. She has over 15 years of experience in office management and marketing.

She is dedicated to supporting customers by sharing styling advice and product innovations through our blog. Lisa is currently working on creative collaborations with Laurent and Thomas to add a new range of products to the business.