To get to school, Hervé Wales (pronounced “Valess”) used to pass in front of a carpentry workshop. Whether it was the lovely smell of wood, the meticulous work of the carpenter or the serenity of the workshop, by 6 years old, Hervé had decided to be a cabinetmaker.
His parents encouraged him to fulfil his ambition buying him his first tools and his first wood to work on. Having left his native south to escape the summer heatwave, he chose the more temperate climate of Mayenne where he also met his wife. Providence led him to a workshop with centuries-old walls, that of the carpenter monks of the Abbey of Port-du-Salut in Entrammes.