Hélène

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Hélène

A little hamlet in the French Alps. Twenty five houses. One is Hélène’s. Hélène and her family live there. Everybody else comes for a holiday.
When we first visited this secluded place on a sunny autumn day, we met Hélène. She told us about the hamlet, its people and what to expect during the winter. That was seven years ago and since then we have become friends.
Her shop is at the top of the second lane. So is her house and her workshop. While you push the door to go in, a wind chime warns Hélène of her visitors. As you walk in her vaulted shop, you can admire her wooden craft. There is always an ongoing project waiting beside the till and sometimes Hélène will carry on her work while her visitors have a look around.
As a little girl, Hélène used to spend hours crafting in her dad’s workshop. She, then, wanted to be a cabinet maker, unfortunately, this career was reserved to men at the time. This is why it is not surprising that when Hélène and Patrick decided to have a change of lifestyle and move from the city to the mountains, she opened her own workshop.

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Un petit hameau en Savoie. Sur vingt-cinq maisons, une seule est habitée toute l’année. Hélène et sa famille vivent ici. Les autres y passent leurs vacances.
Nous avons visité le hameau pour la première fois une belle journée d’automne. Hélène nous a raconté le hameau, ses habitants saisoniers et ses hivers. C’était il y a sept ans et depuis nous sommes amis.
Son magasin se situe au fond de la deuxième ruelle ainsi que sa maison et son atelier. Dans la grande pièce voutée, on admire l’artisanat d’Hélène.
Petite fille, Hélène passait des heures dans l’atelier de son grand-père. Elle voulait devenir menuisière. Malheureusement, cette carrière était réservée à la gente masculine.
Un jour, Hélène et Patrick ont decidé de changer de mode de vie, de partir de la ville pour la montagne et c’est dans ces montagnes qu’Hélène ouvrit son atelier bien à elle.

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