Royal Three Counties Show Schedule

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Set piece Live Forging at Three Counties Show 2014

The Three Counties Show 2015 – 17, 18, 19 June

This year’s RTCAS schedule is officially in. All the info you need is at RTCAS official website last entries are 22 April 2016 (or when the classes are full)….Which is pretty silly considering that gives you only 36 days to get your entry in… I’m sure they will let you in up to 2 weeks before the Competition, but phone Steve Allsop at RTCAS to be sure!  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, 105 minutes, £10 entry, winner takes all!

R.14 Speed Chain making Live Smithing class – 15 minutes to make at least 3 links, £5 entry, £100 prize winner takes all!

R3. Student Set piece Live Smithing – 60 minutes, £5 entry, prize money to four pleces.

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

Devon Show 19, 20, 21 June 2016

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Class 8 ‘Eagle eye’ copy sample using material supplied

The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are on 19. 20, 21 May.

The Devon Show http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/ is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as I get it.

However 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 ‘Kinetic Sculpture’.

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 wine bottle 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.

Wrought Ironwork Schedule for Royal Bath and West Show 1st June to 4th June 2016

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Here’s this years official schedule for the Bath & West Show. Be aware Entries Close 5th May (Paper) & 13th May (Online). B & W are quite strict about this so try and get organized so that you get your entry in on time.

Very excited to see a change in this years Live Forging…. Chain making! Not quite like the Three Counties Speed Competition but still good fun and a chance to practice some traditional skills. 12mm round (opposed to RTCAS 10mm) so it will be a bit more tricky to get presentable welds, but unlike the RTCAS competition there is no restriction on tools and a generous 30 minutes to make at least 3 joined links…. so plenty of scope to make a proper chain! Top tip – look at old hand made chain and try to copy some of its unique characteristics, the judge will be looking for that, along with consistency and a clean finish.

There’s still the usual 90 minute ‘make what you like’ competition running and the 20 minute challenge ‘to make a salable item’ (don’t forget to make full use of your 5 minute cleaning up time on this one? Speaking from experience if you win all three live forging competitions at the B&W you walk away with a considerable pot of prize money… making your efforts more than worthwhile. Here’s the schedule, PDF links to B&W online coppy and entry form at the bottom of the page.

 

The 2016 B&W schedule

Class WI1

Any item suitable for display in/around the home, a Stone Fireplace to be

the focus, and which has the following dimensions:

EXTERNAL INTERNAL
H 1320mm

W 1560mm

D 210mm

H 900mm

W 915mm

 

 

Class WI2

Any item, any size, for EXTERIOR use, must incorporate forging

techniques.

 

Class WI3

LIVE BLACKSMITHING.

Produce any item within the timescale of 90 minutes.

Materials optional, to be provided by the competitor, wooden shafts are

permitted. NO STRIKER ALLOWED. Competition to be held daily from

Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Class WI4

LIVE BLACKSMITHING,

Produce something saleable within the timescale of 20 minutes. Materials optional, to be provided by the competitors. Competition tobe held daily from Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Class WI5

LIVE CHAIN MAKING, Minimum of three linksin continuous chain. Time allowed 30 minutes. Materials to be mild steel 12mm round bar 200mm long for each link, to be provided by the competitor. A striker is allowed, but is

not mandatory. The duties of a striker (if employed), are restricted to tending the

fire and use of the sledge hammer. Competition to be held daily from Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Notes for Live Forging Classes WI3, WI4 and WI5 :

(a) Pre-heating is allowed but NO material to be pre-worked.

(b) Five minutes brushing, sanding and polishing time after “time” is called.

(c) No tools other than forging tools allowed.

 

Notes for classes W11, W12, WI3, WI4 and WI5:

All items entered must include hot forged techniques and must be forged predominantly from iron and steel.

http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Ironwork-Schdule.pdf

http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Ironwork-Entry-Form.pdf