a traditional craft

Carpenters are the direct descendants of that distant ancestor who first imagined all the creations that men could make from trees: roofs, carts, bridges and boats.
Over the centuries the carpenter's craft assimilated every aspect of working with wood, a material whose universal nature would subsequently give rise to numerous specialist fields. You only need to read the works of Julius Caesar to see the extent to which military engineering of over two thousand years ago relied on carpenters' skills and ingenuity.

We know that the classical forms of Greek temples were designed by woodworkers, and that the Roman forms that arose from these were to spread throughout the Roman Empire, up until the time when the blossoming of the Gothic style spread its wonders over all of Europe.

Today, of all those who work with wood for a living, the carpenter is the one who has maintained the closest contact with this material, placing value on the original form and individual properties of the wood they use.

The 'Compagnons
du Devoir'
and the 'Compagnons du Tour de France'

Work-study placement training schemes, from apprenticeships to master craftsman level, are provided in the establishments (or 'Maisons') of the 'Compagnon du Devoir' craft organisation. These schemes ensure that essential solid professional experience is acquired to supplement the skills certified by State diplomas.

'Tour de France' training: A tradition of broadening horizons. The ‘voyage’ (or 'journey') is highly prized period in the career and life-experience of the trainees of the 'Compagnon du Devoir' organisation as they work in various organisations.

These periods of residence in various parts of France and other countries bring trainees into contact with leading experts. This provides them with a wider perspective and prepares them to aspire to the highest standards in their chosen craft.

La Charpenterie employs a highly-qualified team of woodworking practitioners who follow the 'Compagnon' tradition.