Sculptor Dave goes back to his quarry roots

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A sculptor from Tingley has gone back to his roots to showcase his impressive creations.

Dave Bedford, whose first job involved working at Woodkirk Quarry in Morley, is currently exhibiting his work within the display area at Mone Brothers’ Blackhill Quarry near Bramhope.

After working at the quarry Dave went on to study at York College of Arts and Crafts before beginning work as a sculptor.

The 48-year-old currently operates out of a workshop at RG Stone in Guiseley.

“My father was a bricklayer by trade but carved wood as a hobby which got me interested in sculpture,” said Dave.

“I started displaying my work at Blackhill Quarry last year and I’ve already sold several of the exhibited pieces.

“I think homeowners are warming to the idea of having an affordable work of art within their home or garden.

“My two favourite pieces currently in situ at Blackhill are ‘Embrace’ and ‘Mini Cooper’. Both are formed from the same Bramley Fall stone that is quarried at Blackhill. It’s a very good medium to work with and its distinctive look and feel has played a big part in creating our area’s architectural landscape.”

Dave is currently exhibiting his work at the Cupola Art Gallery in Sheffield and at Skipton’s Mill Bridge Art Gallery and he says he is always on the look out for more venues.

He added: “I would love see some of my work in the Chelsea Flower Show one day and within some of the bigger galleries around the country.”

The works of art at Blackhill are certainly proving popular as Quarry Manager Craig Morrell confirmed.

“It’s a creative and fascinating addition to our show garden area and a real talking point for visitors,” said Craig.

“We are actually finding that some customers are coming here specifically to view Dave’s work.”