artist-researcher. quarryman. cultural geographer

David standing next to the 4 metre granite sculpture of St Piran destined for La Vallée Des Saints in Brittany, France, 2017. (Photo Amy Brocklehurst).
David is an artisan granite specialist (Buckle and Twist) and artist-researcher who currently works with Trenoweth Dimension Granite Quarry near Penryn in Cornwall. He completed his PhD in 2015 at the University of Exeter in the discipline of cultural geography. The title of his doctoral thesis is The quarry as sculpture: the place of making. He is working on an extended independent research project titled Tracing Granite.

Tracing Granite: In search of a white cross field-trip group, Oct 4th-9th 2017, (Photo Hillside Images)
In October 2017 David led a fieldtrip-based contemporary arts project for Groundwork called Tracing granite: In search of a white cross.  In search of a white cross was an intensive 4 day field-trip through the granite districts of Cornwall and Devon with a group of science and humanities academics, artists, recent graduates and students. The group explored the legacy of the dimension granite quarrying industry of the south west of England. Written and audio-visual documentation will be available on the Groundwork website in May 2018.
David continues to work on privately commissioned architectural and sculptural granite projects.

Angel memorial in St Euny’s Church, Redruth. Carnsew Cornish granite, 2017