The Carved Slates of Dyffryn Ogwen
Slate carvings done by the quarrymen of Dyffryn Ogwen are now recognised as a unique form of Folk Art. Information about them was collected by the Llandegai and Llanllechid Archaeological Society and recorded in a database which will soon be available in the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery. Available now from the museum and art gallery shop are copies of the booklet Llechi Cerfiedig Dyffryn Ogwen / The Carved Slates of Dyffryn Ogwen: written by Gwenno Caffell; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1983. ISBN 0 7200 0278 8, price £4.95.
The Welsh community has been noted more for its musicians, singers and poets than for its artistic efforts but here in Dyffryn Ogwen a mass of cheerful, confident and imaginative carvings were created on a new material in a masterly way.
Set out in these web pages is some of the information so far recorded and the Friends would very much like to know about similar carved slates so that as full a record as can be made of this remarkable activity can be achieved. If you know of a carved slate please let us know.