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  There’s a lot I could say about this work, why I chose the opening line from Carolyn Forche’s poem “The Colonel’, why i carved it in this complex and […]

Conversations in native stones

The first element of the exhibition showing at Aspex is a response to my visits to quarries around the UK. Each of these carved works is a conversation between their […]

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The social memory experiment

A key part of this work is understanding what are the words an phrases that people really want to have ‘set in stone’. I want to know how my craft […]

Competition Time

Everyone loves a competition. The good folk over a Strong Island have written a great article about the show and are cordially inviting their followers to have their words set […]


Getting set for Launch

The last few months have seen me carving like crazy on the lettering panels for the show. I’ve been working on reclaimed slate salvaged from fireplaces and snooker tables and […]



Key to this project is sourcing the words, phases and sentiments that  – given the chance – people would choose to have set in stone. A quick poll of my […]


Letterform development

I decided to develop a new lettering system for the lettercut work that will be showing at Aspex. As Aspex is housed in 19 century structure, I sought out letter-forms contemporary […]

Ruth Siddall

Exploring Urban Geology with Dr Ruth Siddall

Dr Ruth Siddall is a Geoarchaeologist with an incredible skill for ancient bringing stone to life. Throughout the year, Ruth runs guided Urban Geology walks. As she explains on her website: The urban landscape is […]