First round of NBCC competitions 2015

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This May Bank Holiday the first round of the NBCC Blacksmith Competitions is held at the North Somerset Show 2015 (not 2014 as in the picture… no one has won any 2015 shields yet!)
You still have time to enter both the Static and Live Forging Classes. This years ‪#‎liveforging‬ class is to make a ‘latch’ on in 75 minutes (fire, fuel and anvil supplied) more details at https://www.facebook.com/Blacksmithcompetition
Or you can enter on line using this link https://blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com/…/blacksmit…/%20
The schedule is downloadable here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/somerse…
Next NBCC competition round is the Devon Show 21, 22, 23 May at Westpoint Showgound, Nr. Exeter.

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2015

Here it is… this years Schedule for the Blacksmith Competitions at Edenbridge & Oxted Show 30th & 31st August 2015.

Note there is a new Class F this year for Student and Apprentices. There is also a really nice opportunity for everyone in Class E to sculpt/forge a ‘Figurine’, the possibilities in the class are huge, so why not have a go?

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2015

Static classes:

A       TRADITIONAL (Made by hammer and hand)

B       CONTEMPORARY (Any method of construction)

C       GATES (Any method of construction)

D       INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL (Any method of construction)

E       A FIGURINE – (Any method of construction)

F       STUDENT/APPRENTICE CLASS (new for 2015) – Any original piece, designed and made by competitor. Any method of construction maybe used BUT should be primarily made using hot forging techniques.

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions encourages and promotes the hot forging of Iron, Steel and other metals. All of the static competition entries (except Class A) may use any method of construction, BUT should primarily be designed and made using hot forging techniques. Class A is strictly a ‘by Hammer & Hand’ class, thereby encouraging ONLY the use of hot forging techniques in the design and construction of the piece.

Live forging classes:

G       LIVE FORGING COMPETITION – To forge on the showground in 90 minutes a ‘Flower(s)’. Competitors are to supply own bar and sheet materials. No preformed/shaped material allowed. No extra cleaning up time allowed.

H       LIVE PAIRS – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘a sickle’ to a sample supplied. A 600mm length of 25mm round mild steel and any specific tools will be supplied to each Pair by organisers, not all the material is to be used. No extra cleaning up time allowed.

I       LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION (Time allowing, winner takes all) – To forge on the showground in 20 minutes ‘a finished saleable item’. Competitors are to supply own materials. 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.

An original copy of the postal schedule can be downloaded using this link E&O Schedule 2015 postal and an Entry Form using this one E&O Entry Form 2015 postal

The South of England Show 11th, 12th & 13th June 2015 schedule

Here’s the schedule for this year’s South of England Show being held at The Ardingly Showground as in previous years. Only the group A classes are part of the national championship.

NBCC COMPETITION

TRADITIONAL

Group A Class1 – Traditional

 

CONTEMPORARY

Group A Class 1 – Contemporary

 

LIVE FORGING

Group A Class 2 – Live Forging

2hrs- Forge hanging candelabra for three candles
It must be able to be height adjustable from a ceiling hook
and candles must be prevented from dripping wax below
No spikes are allowed to support the candles
and the candelabra should be as decorative as possible.
striker permitted no cleaning up time allowed.
Materials to be supplied by competitor in straight bar stock
and sheet only. No pre-formed work to be included.
No striker or clean up time

The following Categories are not part of the  NBCC competitions.

Group B Class 3 – Traditional and Contemporary

COLLEGE STUDENTS (UNDER 21) only

Group B Class 4 – LIVE FORGING

1 hr- Forge a set of cutlery: a knife, fork and a spoon
They should be as decorative and as good a finish as possible
While being functional.
Materials to be supplied by the competitor in straight bar stock
and sheet only. No per-formed work to be included.

wins PETER BEGENT AWARD

Group B Class 5 – STATIC EXHIBITS

wins CAMELIA BOTNAR FOUNDATION CUP

More information is available at http://www.southofenglandblacksmiths.org/

And the official schedule Cornwall Show 4th, 5th, 6th June 2015…..

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Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2015

Just to prove everything is going to plan and the Cornwall Show’s Ying and Yang is working perfectly (see previous post) here’s the official Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Schedule 2015

Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Schedule 2015

You can print the PDF entry form and send it off, but there will be an E-version on the Royal Cornwall Show 2015 website soon too.

Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Competitions on 4th, 5th, 6th June Update

Here the unofficial update on the main Live forging competition held at Royal Cornwall Show on 4th, 5th, 6th June 2015. The official schedule is still to come, but with the previous post on this competition there’s nothing to stop you making a plan.

Class 5 Live Forging – 2 hours to forge (on the showground) ‘An interpretation  of Ying Yang’….. or ‘the Interdependence of Opposites’. Fire, Fuel and Anvil supplied, competitors to supply there own materials and tools.

Sounds good…. There is so much scope for good work! Plenty of time too. Don’t forget to include sound and relevant forging techniques in to your finished piece… likewise don’t over complicate it.

Here’s a link to ‘Ying Yang’ for those of you who are are a little rusty on your Chinese philosophy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang