Browne/Bérard Wooden Utensils

Since 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.

All items in beech wood, box wood or cherry wood come from FSC certified forests. All 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.

Production is organized so 100% of the wood is  used. They 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, using 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.