August 29th and 30th 2021… a return and a Competition!

Well its been a while and to be honest its a bit weird coming back to these pages after so many months away… and so many months away from the Show, the Blacksmiths and its Competitions too?

Anyway we’re back, albeit in a drastically slimmed down post pandemic format. The Competition Committee decided it was best to dip our toes back into the Blacksmith waters rather than jumping in up to our middles.

So on August 29th & 30th 2021 (August Bank Holiday)… a Competition awaits you, it’ll take the form of a single 90 minute Live Forging contest using a very popular theme we’ve used in recent years… ‘Make something from a list of materials supplied by the organisers’. There will be only a Winner and Runner up awarded £150 cash and £75 cash respectively. Breaking with tradition there will be no allocated Judge as the Competitors will choose the 1st and 2nd places. This will be by selecting their favorite two pieces (obviously omitting their own) in secret, their choices will be processed by the organisers into Winner and Runner Up prize places.

There will be no Static competition this year but there will be opportunity for Smiths to promote their businesses and display/sell work inside our usual Marquee. Places within the Marquee will be offered on a first come first served basis and will need to span the two days of the Show.

Obviously if you compete or fill the tent with your work we can offer you entrance tickets to the show FOC so even if you don’t win the Live Forging Competition you will still be winning?

So please support your Show and ensure we have the opportunity to put on more Competitions and Events in the future. The official schedule can be downloaded by clicking this link https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/printed-schedule-2021.pdf

Hugh Adams CWCB

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Today we say goodbye to Blacksmith friend and all round good guy Hugh Adams.

I first met Hugh in 1996, I remember the moment very well. I was competing for my first time ever at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions. I was standing with a mate watching the competition, asking my self why I was I putting myself through the ordeal of Live Forging in front of an audience (and worse other Blacksmiths). When this chap in a tie stood next to me and said out of the side of his mouth in a whisper “you wouldn’t catch me doing that, you’re a better man than me!” He then turned to me full on and announced “You must be Nick… I’m Hugh Adams!”

That was Hugh through and through, making sure you knew who he was and he always knew who you were. He always took you into his confidence and reassured you before getting down to the business of the day. Pretty much I can say we were friends straight away. Hugh was friends with everyone! But he always made you feel that yours and his was the best; he was so easy to talk to and genuinely interested in everyone and anything. He was wise and funny, honorable and loyal. Just as a best friend should be.

Hugh was always called upon to give out prizes at our competitions, give a funny speech, offer up bad news or just make people feel welcome. He did this without reward or favor. A true gentleman always, he always turned out well, I’m not sure if I ever saw him without a tie (always a WCOB Livery tie) and was always the first to buy a drink at the bar.

He was a devout supporter of Blacksmiths, Blacksmithing and the Worshipful Company or Blacksmiths. He was a liveryman of the Company and rose through the ranks to become Prime Warden. He was always the man to discuss your Blacksmith problems, but also ordinary day to day worries. He was always impartial, non judgemental and wise.

Blacksmiths and the community is poorer for his passing, but the last thing Hugh would want is for you to think that. So as you read this, think of Hugh, speaking to you in a  London accent whisper “what are you drinking mate?” and have a drink with him the next time you pick up a glass….. Cheers Hugh, see you on the other side!

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NBCC Judging Seminar Saturday 21st September 2019

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Saturday 21st September 2019 The National Blacksmiths Competitions Committee is having a Judging Seminar hosted by Herefordshire and Ludlow College (Holme Lacy Campus, National School of Blacksmithing)

This event is for Judges and Competitors alike, it is also of interest to Stewards and anyone who is considering competing in the Blacksmithing Competitions or experienced time served Smiths who feel they have potential as a Judge.

Competition Blacksmithing has many practical commercial benefits a few listed here:
1. Advanced planning and strategy.
2. Economy of working practice.
3. Speed and accuracy.
4. Design economy and adaptation.
5. Manufacturing endurance.

Its also a lot of fun, educational and you meet like minded Blacksmiths!

For more information use this link https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/nbcc-judges-seminar-september-2019.pdf

Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competition Results 2019

That’s it for another year. Thanks to all our competitors, judge, supporters and committee for making another memorable Blacksmith Competition.

We had a full tent of Static display and a very nearly full Live Forging Competition.
The record breaking heat (31 Celsius at the show) of this August Bank Holiday Weekend tested the metal of the Live Forging Smiths; ‘Heroic is an understatement and I take my hat off to the individual and the ‘pairs’ Smiths for enduring and overcoming the tough conditions to make beautiful competition pieces.

So good to see so many younger Smiths joining in and coming away with prizes.
Reserve Champion Live Forging was given to Freddie Gillam (3 years forging experience).
4th Place Live Forging to Roger Simeons (Student).
Winner of the Live Forging Pairs Rhys Harlin (23) & Dave Harman
2nd Lawrence Coleman (21) and friend.
3rd Katie Bradshaw (16) paired with her Dad Richard.

For the full set of results click here https://blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com/the-competition/edenbridge-oxted-competition-results-2019/

See you next year?

Live Forging 90 minutes 2019 Edenbridge & Oxted Show

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Live Forging 90 minutes at the Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions 2019 this August Bank Holiday… the 9th round of the NBCC championship and only a couple places left for Monday and not many for Sunday. £100 Cash prize for the winner and the Tommy Tucker Perpetual Rose Bowl Trophy… a win really counts at this Competition because its the toughest Live Forging competition on the circuit and offers you the chance to have your name on the trophy with arguably the best Live Forging Competition Smiths in the last 20 years.

For all details of the Live Forging competitions…..

F       LIVE FORGING COMPETITION– To forge on the showground in 90 minutes ‘Any item using materials from a list’. More details available at https://wp.me/P4HK6q-kz No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winner is awarded the Tommy Tucker perpetual Rose Bowl Trophy and £100 2nd £50 3rd £25

G       LIVE PAIRS – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘a pitch fork’. Material supplied by organisers. More details available at https://wp.me/P4HK6q-kD No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winners are awarded the Burrows Lea Forge Pairs Forging Trophy and 2 x 1st £40, 2 x 2nd £30, 2 x 3rd £20

H       LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION – To forge on the showground in 20 minutes ‘a finished saleable item’. Competitors are to supply own materials. No Striker. No extra cleaning up time is allowed. More than one entry accepted. Finished items will be auctioned for charity either at Show or at later date. £5.00 cash fee per entry and taken on the day. Entries accepted on the day time & space permitting. Winner takes all cash prize.

A printable version of this years full Schedule is available at E&O Schedule 2019
A printable version of this years Entry form is available at E&O Entry form 2019

2019 Class G 45 minute Pairs Live Forging Competition

2019 Class G 45 minute Pairs Live Forging Competition details

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Class G  PAIRS LIVE FORGING – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘Pitch Fork’ from a 300mm length of 30 x 10mm flat mild steel. Material and specialist tools supplied by organisers. No extra cleaning up time allowed. Photo of the process is available at https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/pairs-2019.png

As a pair of Smiths, you are required to make a ‘Pitch Fork’ on the showground, you will be supplied the exact material sections and lengths that were used to make the sample ‘Pitch Fork’ head. You are to forge as closely as possible a matching ‘Pitch Fork’ head  to the one in the photo attached. The original sample will be available from the Forging Area Steward for inspection throughout the Show.  Any specialist tools will be supplied.

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A printable version of this years full Schedule is available at E&O Schedule 2019
A printable version of this years Entry form is available at E&O Entry form 2019

‘COLOUR’ a new Class Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions 2019

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‘COLOUR’ is a new class for this year’s Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions. Where your entry to static Class C needs to be mainly coloured in any colour other than Black or Grey. You may use any method of construction and can be designed in any Artistic style.

1st £40 + Trophy + engraved Pint glass, 2nd£30 + engraved Pint glass, 3rd £20 + engraved Pint glass, Prize cards and rosettes to 6th place.

Top tip – Present your submitted work in a working or idealized context. Such as candles in Candelabra, a doorknocker mounted on a timber backing and upright mounted, a broach pinned to a cloth, a mirror surround with mirror glass installed and brackets to hang it from, a gate on a freestanding mount….. Not only does it look good, it displays your work in its full glory.

A printable version of this years full Schedule is available at E&O Schedule 2019 A printable version of this years Entry form is available at E&O Entry form 2019

Best Gate Prize at Edenbridge & Oxted Competitions 2019

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Don’t forget there is a Best Gate Prize at the Edenbridge & Oxted Show and if you win its £100 CASH.

There’s no catch…. just enter your gate into one of the main classes Traditional, Contemporary or ‘Colour’ and you automatically get included in the Best Gate Competition and if you win its £100 CASH. The class is judged outside the NBCC competition so it comes down to the Judges’s fancy.

Top tip – mount your gate on a free standing frame so it can be viewed from every angle… presentation is everything when it comes to winning prizes.

A printable version of this years full Schedule is available at E&O Schedule 2019 A printable version of this years Entry form is available at E&O Entry form 2019

Full details of this years E&O 90 minute Live Forging Competition

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Full details of this years August Bank Holiday weekend Edenbridge & Oxted Live Forging Competition is now available, its an interesting and fun one again.

You are required to make any item on the showground using at least three of the items from the list below. You can choose additional items from the list and you do not have to use all the length. You will not gain extra points for using all the sections and/or all the lengths:

50 x 6mm Flat – 300mm long
21.3mm (16.5mm Nom Bore) RD tube – 300mm long
10mm round – 600mm long
6″ Nails (roughly 5.5mm diameter) – as many as you need
12mm sq – 600mm long
40 mm solid steel ball

Last year we were fully booked for our Live Forging Competitions so if you fancy having a go don’t leave it to late, don’t forget you get free entry and lunch if you are competing in the Live Forging.

The Prize money is £100 1st Place, £50 for 2nd in addition to the NBCC awards and prize money…. get it right and you can come away with quite a bit of Prize money!

Royal Bath and West Show 29, 30, 31 May 1 June 2019

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The Royal Bath and West Show is held on 29, 30, 31 May 1 June 2019 at Shepton Mallet Showground, Somerset.

This years schedule is

Class 1 – (Static) Traditional or Contemporary ironwork, using traditional techniques. NBCC qualifier.

Class 2 – (Live Forging) 2 hours to make a ‘centrepiece for a dining table’. NBCC qualifier.

Class 3 – (Static) An item of artistic/sculpture metal work, any method of construction. NBCC qualifier.

Class 4 – (Live Forging) 2 hours to make any industrial item can be made on the Coke or Gas forges. Open to all.

Class 5 – (Live Forging) 1 hour allocation for each entry. Numerous entries are allowed and encouraged. Open to all, and to be judged on the item’s appeal to the public.

Use this link to download an official schedule and entry form https://www.bathandwest.com/media/2019-Wrought-Iron.pdf