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The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are held for three days at the end of May at the Westpoint Showground, just outside Exeter, Devon.
Considering the Competition is just 5 weeks away and I have certain advantages running this website in acquiring schedules ahead of time…. this one has been a challenge. Thanks to Paul Gilbert for scanning his treasured copy of the schedule. These schedules seem to be as rare as Hen’s teeth and the entry forms are virtually non existent. Something tells me that the Devon Show Blacksmith Competition head of Public Relations needs to buck his ideas up?
With that said I really hope the competitions are a success for the sake of the Smiths who managed to gleen a copy of the schedule and bother to enter.
Here’s what I found:
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 any item, bring your own tools and materials.
Class 7 – 30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item, bring your own tools and materials. This class can be entered on the day.
Class 8 – Time TBA ‘To make a piece to ‘match a sample’ in a specified time.
Class 9 – To design and make ‘Something from home‘ 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.
A copy of the schedule can downloaded from the Edenbridge and Oxted website, https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-schedule-2017.pdf unfortunately you can’t download one from the Devon Show website itself.
An entry form can be downloaded here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-entry-form-2017.pdf
The Royal Bath and West Show Blacksmith Competitions are held on 31st May to June 3rd this year at the Shepton Mallet Showground and is the second round of the NBCC Championship.
All change at this years B&W Show though. New forge site and new type of competition. The venue remains the same but the Forge site has been moved to the Countryside area, which should give the competitors better access and a different level of public exposure.
The competition is greatly simplified with essentially three classes.
To download a schedule use this link http://www.bathandwest.com/media/2017-Wrought-Iron-Schedule.pdf
To download an entry form (POSTAL entries close on 19th May) http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Iron-Entry-Form.pdf