The Somerset Show 4th May 2015

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Richard Jones. West Country Blacksmith, Live forging competition.

The Somerset Show is held on 4th May 2015 (early May Bank Holiday) and is the first of the ten NBCC Competitions. This years schedule is:

1. Static Indoor
2. Static Outdoor
3. Artistic,
4. Live Forging – 1 1/4 hrs to make a Latch to competitor’s own design. Forge, fuel and anvil supplied, material not!

Please comment to request more detail, or how to enter.


New Tips & Wrinkles page

I have just added a new page to the site ‘Tips & Wrinkles‘, you can find it just below the header, on the menu bar.

This page shares some pointers to achieving a better Live Forging piece, it will also help you to design and develop Static Competition entries. While you are at it check out The Scorecard this will also help you in your efforts.

The content is subjective but comes from experiences gleaned whilst competing at various Competitions over the last 20 years. If you feel I have missed something or would like to contribute…. please do so…. in the comment box!

The Royal Bath & West Show 27th – 30th May 2015

Next schedule up is the Royal Bath & West Show this show is held at Shepton Mallet Showground, Somerset.

The Classes at The Bath & West Show are pretty straightforward with no frills or special requirements. Its a great show generally and very welcoming as a competitor. The prize money at this show is one of the most generous on the NBCC circuit so its definitely worth putting the effort in.

Class entries close 13th May (on line) or until the class is full. The PDF schedule can be downloaded at Bath & West Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2015. This Show’s website allows you to book your entries on line (using the above link)… the system works, so please use it!

The schedule is basically this:

Class WI1-  Any item suitable for display in/around the home focusing upon a Stone Fireplace.
Class WI2 – Any item, any size, for EXTERIOR use.
Class WI3 – LIVE BLACKSMITHING. “Produce any item within the timescale of 90 minutes.” NO STRIKER ALLOWED. Supply own materials.
Class WI4 – LIVE BLACKSMITHING, “Produce something saleable within the timescale of 20 minutes”. Supply own materials.
Class WI5 – LIVE TONG MAKING, Time allowed 45 minutes. Supply own materials.

Please check out Bath & West Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2015 for the detail.

The Three Counties Show 2015 – 12, 13, 14 June schedule

First of this years (2015) schedules are in. All the info you need is at RTCAS official website last entries are 1st May 2015 or when the classes are full…. yes, they get full, so get in early to avoid disappointment. There are professional and student classes for both Farriers and Blacksmith at the Three Counties Show so read the schedule carefully. There is a separate entry form for Classes R.10 & R.11

The professional Blacksmith classes are:

R.10A Traditional class over £250 in value

R.10B Traditional class under £250 in value

R.11A Contemporary class over £250 in value

R.11B Contemporary class under £250 in value

R.12 Set piece Live Smithing class

R.14 Speed Chain making Live Smithing class

Check out the full schedule and entry forms at RTCAS official website