I am a designer and maker of fine contemporary furniture based in the South of France. I have been designing and making furniture since 2003. For 9 years I was based in North Devon, England. In January 2013 my family relocated to the Gironde in France where I am undertaking a long-term project to furnish my own dream home.

Hendel-Blackford : The Creative Process

I have always aimed to only use local native hardwoods and plant a tree for each piece made. For an insight into the daily workings, and any interesting news emanating from the workshop please visit the diary page, which I will keep updated on a regular basis.


It is my intention to create pieces which are functional, specifically designed and tailored according to my clients’ needs and desires. It is my intention to create work which is functional, but can also be considered works of art in their own right.

All my pieces are designed with a desire to make something extraordinary and are carefully crafted using a combination of traditional hand skills and modern technologies. For more details on the design and making process, please visit our Process page.

“Measure twice, cut once.”

“You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.”
“The carpenter is not the best who makes more chips than all the rest.”

“Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”