“sculptors strive to be magicians. to make the viewer believe and suspend belief simultaneously. hendel’s wooden objects do just that. he takes us on a journey taking us back to consider the history of his making, the history of cutting, bending and cajoling the hard wooden forms into sensual organic curves that defy the original life of the material. the final forms project both strength and fragility. one can’t escape the metaphors of inflicted pain, rebirth, evolution to beauty and transformation inherent in these works.” –  joseph seipel, interim dean, school of art and design - Full article 

The Philosopher


Refuge is a large semi-circular sculpture made of wood that can be accessed by the viewer.


Cutting the wood in this specific pattern enabled the release of pressure along the beams and allowed for the curve in any direction. A seemingly natural curve of the wood emerged and kept each piece intact.


Refuge is a testament to countless hours of repetitive work that led me to achieving my vision. Along this journey I confronted my own hopes, fears and anxieties. With the completion of this sculpture and its embracing form, came a sense of refuge