Two decades ago, he received a request for creating a stone sculpture resembling a cross made from a natural tree with a cloth draped on. Bizarre as it may seem, he accepted the challenge. Today, Samuel Victor is one of the largest exporters of stone sculptures and products to Denmark. Closer home, he has set up the French-inspired furniture store Ebony House in Bangalore and Chennai and has transformed decor ideals in Pondicherry. In sync with French sensibilities, his brand employs 50 skilled craftsmen trained by French cabinet-maker Late Patrick Laffourcard. Victor insists the need for being natural. “All our products are natural and only reclaimed teakwood is used. Even the polish is natural wax which nourishes the wood and makes it look fresh,” he says. Quite recently, he has completed the restoration of the French Church ‘Lady of Angels’, on Pondy beach.