Recently my sculpture cycles have taken me to long-ago times and faraway places, so here I am returning to my roots.

My Pit Men Cycle was inspired by photos from the early 1900s of family members and friends in the Black Country. But these working men and kids in cloth caps could be from anywhere in northern England. Hard lives spent working six long days a week with just Sunday off, the morning to be spent mostly with pals in the pub for a pint and a game of dominoes or darts.