About Bérard France


L'art du bois, l'art de la tableSince 1892, Bérard, located in the mountains of Royans, which border the northern edge of Provence, has specialized in creating true French hand-crafted artisan items for the kitchen and home from carefully selected woods such as beech wood, boxwood, and olive wood.

The skilled craftsmen use their extensive experience and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to create the best in quality and design in both traditional as well as innovative Bérard Kitchen tools. Now Bérard France introduces a range of products that will provide not only the natural beauty and function of wood for use in the kitchen, but also beautiful display and serving pieces for the table as well.

Since 2002, Bérard has been a subsidiary of Browne & Co. in Markham, Ontario. 

 

Production

Each item is produced by respecting the most important values of the company which are the people, the material and the environment. We continually search to protect the nature that surrounds us, so that the next generation can enjoy the beauty that we have come to know.

All our items in beech wood, box wood or cherry wood come from FSC certified forests.
All of our olivewood items come from agricultural orchards and each tree is cut with respect to the laws that protect each country and the use of olive wood.

Our production is organized so that we use 100% of the wood. We tend to repair the little imperfections in the wood instead of applying a chemical treatment in order to have a uniform and smooth surface. The balance of the wood that is not suitable for production,  is used to heat the drying chamber and the building in the winter, so no wood is wasted.

Each piece, especially those created in olive wood, are artisanaly produced. We try to use the maximum of what the trunk has to offer. Therefore, uniformity does not exist and the little “imperfections” belong to this natural product.  No two pieces are exactly alike.

Our olive wood items are produced from very old trees (trunk but mainly branches), which no longer bear fruit.  In essence, the wood is sustainable as opposed to being discarded.  Any time a tree is procured, the purveyor needs administrative permission.