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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

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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.

Steel Door and Window Enquiry Form

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Drafted architectural plans are preferred but not essential.

If you do not have plans you will need to provide us with both: 

  1. reference image of your joinery style; and
  2. a sketch containing configuration and draft dimensions in millimetres

this is usually enough information to draft an estimate.

Our first step in our quoting process is to use your provided measurements using our request form (above).

Once you have confirmed the job and paid the deposit:

  1. if we are installing the job: we have already allowed in our pricing for travel time to measure up accurately onsite.
  2. if we are not installing the job: we rely on accurate final measurements from your builder or carpenter. If your site is in the Byron Shire, we may be able to measure up onsite depending on the scale of the job and our workload.

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.  

Due to the incredibly high demand of this product, it is highly recommended you contact us as soon as you receive your architectural plans.

Lead times for manufacturing 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 of 10% during the first stage of construction which will lock your job into our schedule.

Delivery is included our installation estimates.

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.

Our workshop is in Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay, Northern NSW.

Our staff can travel to install within a three-hour drive from our workshop. All delivery and installation by our staff may incur fees that relate to:

  • vehicle expenses
  • staff/contractor time charged on an hourly rate, and/or
  • accommodation and meal expenses (subject to installation duration and distance from our workshop)

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.

We do not recommend a handyman or DIY installation.

Inclusions

  • Bolts, screws and all accessories will come with your frames
  • Ancillary supporting frames and packaging may be included where deemed appropriate
  • Glazing is optional. Clients may have access to their own local glass shop. Please specify this upon quoting

Exclusions

  • Installation tools
  • Installation instructions are not included but we can give your experienced tradesman advice, if required

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.

All our products are currently tailored to suit individual requirements. Values can be aligned with bespoke quality timber joinery.

We aim to release our catalogue price guide in 2021. Sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Please fill in the form above and we will follow up with an estimate price range based off your own requirements.

We are pleased to announce that we are the exclusive customised manufacturer of steel door and window systems from Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tweed, Byron Shire, Yamba all the way to Sydney and Blue Mountains.