Vale Don Gravette
For over six decades Cheminees Philippe Fireplaces have been synonymously known for their quality French craftsmanship, made by artisans in their cast-iron foundry located in the Pas-de-Calis region of France.
However, what many people don’t know is when the units are packed for shipping to Australia, the lift up door systems (guillotines systems to put it ever so French), along with an array of other bits and pieces, are all hand assembled in our small humble warehouse in Melbourne before they arrive to their final destination to be installed.
On the 13th of September 2021, we farewelled the one man who dedicated over 25 years of service to ensuring the quality of these fireplaces was not lost and that the legacy of their craftsmanship was forever maintained to the highest of standards.
It has been a privilege to know this honest, honourable, hard working and beautiful man who taught us all so much. Always interested in others, constantly exchanging ideas on life with humility and overcoming adversity with a smile and a kind word for everyone. He intuitively knew that what you don’t know is more important than what you do know.
Don was a great friend and we are all going to miss him very much.
Love from all the team at Wignells X
We will burn our fires bright for you and hold you in our hearts forever.