Somerset Show Blacksmith Competitions 2016

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This year the Somerset Show is held on Monday 2nd May 2016 (early May Bank Holiday) and is the first of the ten NBCC Competitions. This years provisional schedule is:

1. Static Indoor
2. Static Outdoor
3. Artistic,
4. Live Forging – 1 1/4 hrs to forge (on the showground) a copy of a sample supplied by the judge (Paul Allen LWCB FWCB). Material, forge, fuel and anvil supplied.

There will be a downloadable schedule and entry form at NSCAS Website closer to the Show date, however I will give you the links here as soon as I receive them.

In the meantime relax and concentrate on making your static pieces because you can’t do any preparation or practice for this years Somerset Live Forging Competition…. just turn up and compete!

UPDATE 23/2/16 – You can enter online through this link North Somerset Show 2016

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South East Blacksmiths meeting

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Thursday evening was the first meeting of the ‘South East Blacksmiths’.

A small group of like-minded Blacksmiths decided it would be good to meet up and spend some time together… not interrupted, distracted by work, competition or anything… just a chat and coffee.

The Meet suggested, instigated and generously hosted by London Bladesmith Owen Bush was a great success with 14 Smiths attending.

The purpose of the get together was to meet face to face and chat rather than forge, make or compete…. A refreshing and original idea? All the Smiths attending had lots to talk about and share; interestingly many knew each other through various social media but had never met in person despite living and working in the same region, so possibly these meetings (if continued) could be the much needed antidote to the emerging digital divide phenomena and those of us who miss a good ole chin wag. Lets wait and see?

I’ll be posting the next Meet date when I know, so if you are in South East England and a Blacksmith (professional, student or hobbiest) why not come along?