It was this that informed David’s multi-faceted approach to the trip, with its range of participants, meetings and venues.David’s contribution to this archive takes the form of a brief essay describing the geology of granite, and two glossaries, which draw upon his connections with geologists and his stone-working expertise.Cornwall has some highly unusual granites too, such as the unique altered granite, rich in tourmaline, called Luxullianite.
Under the microscope it has a distinctive hexagonal pattern.
By the 1980s the number of large quarries had fallen to just a handful, and down to just two in 2018.
A history of working granite on an industrial scale, which began five thousand five hundred years ago with the fashioning of exposed moor stones for tombs and menhirs, had all but disappeared by the turn of the millennium.
It involved geologists, artists, writers, social historians and cultural geographers, who, over the course of four days, also met with people on the ground who had connections – past and present – with the granite-working industry.
Underpinning all of this was David Paton’s preoccupation with the idea of ‘entanglement’ – a concept in recent philosophy that comes from quantum physics – which emphasises the inter-connectedness of things, animate and inanimate, human and animal.