ABOUT … Who is Wallybois?
We build Window Shutters and External Doors. Our manufacturing workshops are based in The Nouvelle Aquitaine so our wooden products are ‘Made in France’, or should I say, ‘Fabricant en France’? After a long time building wooden products in the UK (since 1989) we realised we needed a new adventure. Shutters made in France and Doors made in France.
Our new France Adventure
We found a renovation property in France ( a bit of a doer upper!!). On arrival with my family in the former department of the Limousin (France) in 2010. Consequently, Adrenalin kicks in tainted with excitement topped with a good dose of, ”What The…?”
What was our plan?
Well, first we needed to have somewhere to live and work so we set about working on our French Ruin! Once we partly renovated our ‘French Farmhouse Ruin’ in 2012 it was time to lay down our roots and become a real contributor to our community.
But what should we do?
Obviously, it made a lot of sense to do what we do best and that is woodworking. Woodworking has always been my love and it is in the blood.
Carpentry skills have been in my family for a long time and in particular my Great Grandfather. My Great Grandfather with his sausage fingers mounted to his short stocky body was an ‘Artist in Wood’ anatomically impossible master craftsmen!
I also have Sausage Fingers!
And so it is in my destiny to defy logic and produce quality wooden products.
Well, I was keen on a name that provokes query! The Bois syllable is easy as it is French for wood. So now the first Syllable had to be added and I needed to be something close to my heart. Supposedly I could have chosen my wife but it didn’t have the same ring so my K9 Buddy ‘Wally’ it has to be!
I bring you WALLYBOIS!
We make Window Shutters and Doors for customers just like you. It has become an obsession to provide a good service and price that betters the competition. You can order directly or via our secure Store. All our timber products are made to measure,’Portes Sur Mesure’ et ‘Volets Sur Mesure’.
Wallybois Loves our Environment Too!
Yes, it is true and in an effort to reduce our manufacturing carbon footprint our workshops are 70% powered by Solar and Wind. Have a read of Our environment policy for a detailed overview of our best practices.
Environmental policy by Wallybois
I won’t shy away from it as I am a bit of an ‘eco-hippy’. We as producers and buyers are responsible for our own destiny. We should take a stance that will ensure our children’s future. This is our Environmental policy by Wallybois.
The Paris Climate Accord is a start
Unless your name is Donald Trump with brains as small as your hands then it is obvious that responsibility starts with the individual. For some Phallic symbolicism is fulfilled by becoming The President of a nuclear superpower. I suppose it is the ultimate compensation!!
Ok, I got that out of my system! Now for the logic. The planet we share is the only one on offer so it is obvious that we should take care of the hand that feeds us.
As a business that requires power to run its machines, it is necessary that we should do the ethical thing and power our machines using ecological energy such as solar.
70% of our electricity requirements is provided via solar energy.
Our Aim is obviously to reach 100% self-sufficiency but realistically 80% is possible. With this pessimistic vision, we must look at other means of carbon reduction so we too can sleep at night.
“This is not a Righteous opinion but just a responsible one”.
- Low wattage consumption
- Economical Machine
- Traditional Hand tools where practical
“To Create is To Create, That is the Compromise”.
Like any producer of a product, we also produce a managed amount of waste. The management is the key but also the difficulty. All waste we produce is disposed of in a thoughtful way.
- Usable offcuts are used for the creation of Art
- Anything unusable is collected for heating Wallybois workshops in the winter
- Wallybois has no waste collection service
During the construction of our shutter and door products, we are always mindful to find solutions to environmental problems encountered.
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
Mission Statement of Wallybois
Our mission is confined by our environmental policy. I cannot deny that we want to provide our Shutter and Door building service in a manner that makes us proud but equally we must fulfil our service goals.
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way”.
While our aspirations are based around our environmental ethics. We are working hard to adapt within our shutter manufacturing industry alongside new technologies.
Wood is obviously our material of choice for our Exterior Shutters and Exterior Doors. Contrarily as a business that believes in moving with the times we are constantly investigating new materials. Ultimately we will practically follow the needs of our customers.
Quality & Price
Build the best product, at a sensible price. When things are tight it is not unusual to cut costs as so we do not go without. Low-cost wooden French window shutters. If our shutter manufacturing costs reduce we will pass the savings on?.
DIY window shutters for self-installation can make you large savings on Artisan fees. Although we do supply to home DIY enthusiasts it is not exclusive. Hence Wallybois wants to increase its supply to Artisans and other commercial concerns.
Wallybois Going National
Currently, we concentrate our service within the Nouvelle Aquitaine. Eventually, when the time is right we will be offering our services to other regions of France directly via the website. Currently, any request outside the Nouvelles Aquitaine is served via our contact page which we talk directly with new and existing customers.
Moving forward while embracing technology is strong on our agenda. As a result, we are available to talk directly with clients and discuss your projects. So to facilitate fast customer response. Consequently we economise our straightforward communication requests digitally via the contact page. More complicated requests can be answered via the same contact system. We treat all our customers as equals and strive to provide all our service with that in mind.
We must provide a Shutter product that does not deliberately cause harm. In our window shutter manufacturing industry, we work with materials that are harvested from our dear planet and we understand that we must respect and without hesitation honour the privilege that this planet bestows upon us.
To Encourage Colour
I all too often see too many window shutters painted using some brown stain that looks like a thick syrup. I believe in the heritage of French shutters, the colourful urban horizon of France is architecturally historic. We will be offering a painting service with a limited pallet in the future but not at limited a Henry Ford.
“Any colour – so long as it’s black”.