Tong making at Bath & West Show 2015

 

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Making the fire weld on one half of a pair of tongs.

So…. I thought it would be easy to find a useful an online video to post here to inspire those of you who fancied entering the  Tong Making competition at The Bath & West show on 27th – 30th May.

That’s 8 weeks away and don’t forget your paper entries need to be in by 9th April! or 13th May on line.

…. but apparently not.

So rather than show you a rubbish way to make them I thought I post a vid of a completely different way to make them. This is the style most Farrier tongs are now made…. pretty but not necessarily better than the old fashioned way. For those of you with Eagle eyes, you can see in one shot, a pile of pre-prepared tong blanks behind the Smith…. so don’t be too impressed or intimidated.

**One bit of advice if you decide to enter, keep your stock small and your reins long. You’ll know what I mean once you get on the fires at Shepton Mallet**

https://youtu.be/X3Fc_xIlGOU

Royal Cornwall Show prelim Schedule

Only eleven weeks away and the Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Competitions on 4th, 5th, 6th June haven’t posted a schedule yet…. come on guys!!!! and South of England Show you too. How are working smiths supposed to enter, prepare and compete with such short notice. No wonder we have trouble getting new Smiths to enter and have a go! Arghhh!

So I’ve taken an educated guess on the classes based upon what’s gone before. Check before you enter, but this should help you prepare.

Class 1 INDOOR
Any article for indoor use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods

Class 2 OUTDOOR
Any article for outdoor use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods

Class 3 ARTISTIC/SCULPTURAL
Any article produced in the competitor’s workshop of an artistic or sculptural design. Items in this class may use any methods preferred by the maker.

Class 4 LIVE FORGING
To be decided

Class 5 CRASH ‘N’ DASH
Competitors have 30 minutes to make any saleable item. All items made to be donated at the end of the show and go towards prize funds. This class can be entered on the day, no entry fee is required.

Please check the official schedule from the Royal Cornwall Show or look for the most recent Cornwall post on this site before entering.

Devon Show 2015 prelim schedule

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Devon Blacksmith Paul Gilbert Forging

The next NBCC Competitions after the Somerset Show are at the end of May and are at The Devon Show 21, 22, 23 May.

The Devon Show is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter and where the International Blacksmith Festival was held in 2014. Westpoint Forge is also the home of The Blacksmiths Guild. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as it is printed & delivered to me (get a move on Devon Blacksmiths!).

The preliminary competition schedule is:

Class 1 – A traditionally made item made in the competitors workshop with a value less than £250 ex vat

Class 2 – A traditionally made items made in the competitors workshop with no limit on selling price

Class 3 – Any item produced in the competitors workshop of a contemporary design using any methods ( no limit on price)

Class 4 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (no limit on price)

Class 5 – Any article produced in the competitors workshop for use in Agriculture or Industry (no limit on price)

The live forging classes are:

Class 6 – 2hrs to make a ‘Wine bottle holder’.

Class 7 –  30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item.

Class 8 –  Time TBA ‘To make a piece to match a sample’.

Class 9 – To design and make  ‘A table candle holder’ This static competition is the ‘Presidents Choice’  (i.e. the winning piece to be judged by the Show President) and the winning entry will be retained by the DCAA and presented to the President as a memento of their time in office.

The Somerset Show 2015 Official schedule

Here’s the official North Somerset Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2015 print it off and send your entries by post. Or you can enter On-Line a www.nsas.org.uk/north-somerset-show/blacksmiths/ 

Unlike other Shows North Somerset Competitions accept entries right up to 8.00am on the morning of the show. Live Forging entries are the same….. if there is space on the Forges.