Who we are
Best cabinetmaker of France
Attracted by the art of joinery, the traditional craftsmanship with a future, David became an apprentice at the age of 14.
His thirst for knowledge led him to learn woodworking from staircase building to marquetry.
Passionate and tenacious, he holds more than 10 diplomas (!), almost all the recognized professional qualifications, from the vocational training certificate to that of Master Craftsman.
Encouraged by his family and his former internship supervisor Mr. Gerrit Kooistra, David aimed to obtain the title of the Best Craftsman of France. What a challenge!
In 2019, he won the prestigious award of the Best Craftsman of France (MOF) as the Best Cabinetmaker, the only winner in the category of cabinetmaking, the dream that came true.
David skilfully combines high-class joinery and modern cabinetmaking and creates remarkable items and environments.
Furniture restorer & interior designer
As a secondary school graduate, Emilie chose to take the creative path of a craftswoman.
Inventing and manufacturing furniture with a great deal of sensibility resulted in obtaining a diploma in Arts and Crafts, with Decor and Furniture as optional subjects.
How to design stylish furniture without studying your predecessors’ achievements? That was Emilie’s motivation while serving her apprenticeship at Château d’Aulteribe to acquire an Advanced Technician Certificate. She got the diploma with Furniture Restauration as specialization.
Thus, she became the first woman in France to have received this honour. Several months later she won the Young Craftsman award from the Pèlerin magazine.
Emilie’s technical approach combined with her artistic creativity make her a competitive interior designer.
For the prestigious contest « The Best Craftsmen of France” I have created two masterpieces: a decorative “Wish box” (“Boîte à voeux”) for the qualifying round and a trinket table “Vide poche” for the final round.
Theoretical framework as well as a designer’s sketch were provided by the contest organisers in order to discern the concept.
It took me 1500 hours to elaborate my project: systems design, manufacturing and description files.
The challenge consisted of creating a functional shutter with the following technical constraints: carbon fibre, catenary curve and a locking system.
I was apprehensive about the carbon fibre, as is it an innovative and “non-green” material. Following the rules of the contest, the two drawers and the carbon shutter of the trinket table had to be provided with a lock! With a secret opening mechanism!
The shutter locks with a key. An invisible stem is hidden in the lock cylinder. The shutter slides with help of the side handles unveiling a mirror!
> Do not hesitate to discover all the secrets of this work of art by clicking on the photos below:
At our workshop, we design and carry out any order you could think of: whether it is a wooden piece of furniture or a timber staircase, be it simple or sophisticated.
Equipped with a machine park, we offer you tailored solutions in carpentry and cabinetmaking, with both solid and finished wood.
The team of « Aux Sens du Bois » uses a sound and environmentally friendly approach for making durable and lasting objects. We work with trendy materials and innovative forms making the most of the traditional cabinetmakers’ ancestral techniques.
Proud of this heritage, we master the art of marquetry for contemporary works and can also deal with restoration and conservation of historical furniture, should it be private or national property.
We pay tribute to disregarded local timber such as black locust, chestnut or plane-tree, unique for their beauty and durability.
David and Emilie are followers of sustainably-produced wood with equitable forest management.
Healthy, green and resistant choices are made for surface treatment (pieces of furniture, kitchens, parquet floors) with finishing oils.
In furniture restoration
In our job we intervene directly to stop the progressive deterioration of a wooden object. This is referred to as Curative conservation and followed with Restoration, i.e. a direct action aimed at improving the wooden object’s look, functionality and structural characteristics.
Our methods imply reversibility and respect for the integrity of the restored item and its background.
The glues we use for restoration are of animal origin (bone glue or fish glue). Our finishings, French polish or matine varnish (giving high antique-type shine to furniture), correspond to the historical period the object was created in.