About Nick Bates

I'm a Blacksmith working in Surrey, England, UK. My business, Burrows Lea Forge operates from a Forge just outside Guildford in the village of Shere. I've been trading as a Blacksmith since 1992. Burrows Lea Forge specialises in hot forged Ironwork, designing and making bespoke items for both the public and domestic markets. To the casual onlooker, there seems to be two sides to my business, Artist Blacksmith and Traditional Forge worker, but as an Artisan I see no difference, if you love forging hot metals as I do.... its all the same!

Richard Jones – Blacksmith

 

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Richard Jones live Forging at E&O 2016

Very sorry to say that one of our biggest supporters and friend passed away last Thursday evening. Richard was so passionate and involved in Blacksmiths and Forging Competitions, the NBCC blacksmith competition circuit and Worshipful Company of Blacksmith engagements that we will be missed greatly.

This year we’ll have a selection of his last work for sale at Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmith Competitions, all proceeds will go to his surviving family.

A great man and a great Blacksmith, we’ll miss you Richard! Richards Funeral will be held at 3.15pm on Thursday 22nd June at Haycombe crematorium, 209 Whiteway road, Bath, BA2 2RQ.

South of England Show Blacksmith Competitions 8th, 9th & 10th June 2017

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David Mortimer 90 minute Live Forging

South of England Show Blacksmith Competitions  is around the corner. David Mortimer has worked emensely hard to get this Competition off the ground so please support the competition and the newly formed SEBA (South East Blacksmiths Association)

The Competition this year is:
Class A: Traditional Static 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Class B: Contemporary Static 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Class C: Traditional Live forging 1st=£60, 2nd=£40 90 minutes to forge on the showground ‘a moving Hinge’ competitors are to  provide own materials, no cleanup time.
Class D: Composite Pattern Welded piece 1st=£50
Class E: Student static piece: 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Peter Begent Award: 1st=£50
Camelia Botnar Foundation Cup

To enter…. contact David Mortimer (Mort) at Firebird Forge

New Forest & Hampshire County Show 25th, 26th and 27th July 2017

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Crowd watching live forging competitions

2017 BLACKSMITHS COMPETITION SCHEDULE
CLASS ONE – SET PIECE
Competitors are required to make “a time piece or a piece from a time gone by”. The work should primarily be of forged construction.
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS TWO – UNDER £250 ex. VAT IN VALUE
Traditional or contemporary, primarily of forged construction (The work should be available for commission at a price not exceeding this value if required.)
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS THREE – OVER £250 IN VALUE
Traditional or contemporary, primarily of forged construction
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS FOUR – INDUSTRIAL
Competitors are required to submit an item of industrial or general metalwork (e.g. forged or fabricated component parts, jigs, tools, etc MMA, MIG, TIG etc allowed but priority given to forged items)
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS FIVE – ARTISTIC/SCULPTURAL
Items of Artistic Metalwork, any method of construction
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS SIX – 90 MINUTE LIVE FORGING
Competitors are required to make on the Showground a decorative or practical head for a hand held stick or staff. A clean up time of 5 minutes is permitted away from fire. A striker is permitted
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS SEVEN – 20 MINUTE LIVE FORGING
Competitors are required to make on the showground a saleable object in 20 minutes
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
CLASS EIGHT – MILITARY BLACKSMITHS COMPETITION
2 hour “open class” (Open to Servicemen only)
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
NEW FOREST GRAND PRIX
For the overall winner on aggregate points including live competitors
Prizes: 1st £60 2nd £40 3rd £20
To download an entry form and schedule from the official new forest show website use this link New Forest Show Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2017
JUDGE:
Classes 1 – 9  Eric Lamprell FWCB
SECTION CHAIRMAN:
JOHN ROBERTS, Telephone: 023 8084 8831
The New Forest & Hampshire County Show
The Showground
New Park
Brockenhurst
Hampshire
SO42 7QH
Tel: 01590 622400

Royal Cornwall Show 8, 9 & 10th June 2017

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Blacksmith Section Prize Schedule 2017

Blacksmith Section Entry Form 2017

For further details contact:

Cecily Berryman

tel: 01208 816726

email: cecily@royalcornwall.co.uk

Devon Show competition schedule 18th-20 May

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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

Royal Bath and West Show Blacksmith Competition 2017

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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.

  1. A static free choice class, upon the NBCC championship will be a part of.
    1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20
  2. A 120 minute live forging class to make a ‘floral item’ to be included in NBCC live forging championship. 1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20
  3.  A daily 60 minute live forging competition, where the winner of each day’s work is awarded £25 prize money.
Entry fees when booked in advance are simplified too, a £20 blanket entry fee (incl VAT) for as many entries as you may wish to make in any of the classes…..or a £5 per day fee for the 60 minute live for those of you who left it to late…. I think? Best to check as always with this years Cheif Steward who I believe is Mr Keith Mahoney.

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

Royal Three Counties Show Schedule 16, 17 & 18 June 2017

This year’s Royal Three Counties Show is held at the Malvern Showground on 16th, 17th and 18th June 2017.

As usual the RTCS offers professional and student classes for both Farriers and Blacksmith…..read the schedule carefully. There is a separate entry form for Classes R.10 & R.11 Farrier competition entries close on 27th April 2017 and Blacksmiths on 15th June 2017

The Schedule is:

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!

R.6 The Corner Test Live Smithing class – 20 minutes (25 minutes if you are an apprentice or student) to forge a square test piece 5″ x 5″ ID from 25 x 10mm flat stock, £5 entry, £100 prize winner takes all!

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

Use this link to download a Blacksmiths schedule

Use this link to download a Farriers entry form

Use this link to download a Blacksmiths entry form

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

Edenbridge & Oxted Competition Schedule 2017

Time to get forging…. check out the one off best Gate cash prize £100 and the Live Forging prizes!

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2017

All entries must be received by 18th August 2017

Judge for all classes (except C) – To be confirmed

Judge for class C – Mr Owen Bush AWCB

£5.00 entry for each class (see entry form for more detail)

Static classes:

A       TRADITIONAL (Made by hammer and hand)

B       CONTEMPORARY (Any method of construction)

C       ‘DAMASCUS’ (Any method of construction, material must be maker derived.)

D       INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL (Any method of construction)

E      A FIGURINE – (Any method of construction)

F       STUDENT/APPRENTICE CLASS – A pair of hollow bit/bow tongs to hold 20mm round. Any method of construction maybe used BUT should be primarily made using hot forging techniques.

A one off special Cash prize £100 is awarded for the Best Gate in Show (any method of construction).

 

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 100/100 COMPETITION– To forge on the showground in 100 minutes ‘To reproduce from a sample supplied on the day’. Any special tools will be supplied. No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winner is awarded the Tommy Tucker perpetual Rose Bowl Trophy and £100 2nd £50 3rd £25

H       LIVE PAIRS – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘a hook and staple’. Material supplied by organisers. Scaled photo available at http://wp.me/p4HK6q-h6 No extra cleaning up time allowed.

I       LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION (Time allowing, winner takes all cash prize) – To forge on the showground in 20 minutes ‘a finished saleable item’. Competitors are to supply own materials. No Striker. 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.

To download a schedule use this link E&O schedule 2017

To download an entry form use this link E&O Entry Form 2017

North Somerset Show 1st May 2017

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Rhys Harlin (owner of Darenth Valley Forge) live forging at The North Somerset Show 2016

The Blacksmith Competition year starts with the North Somerset Show on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017.

Its the first of the Blacksmith Competitions and is an excellent way to start your Competition season, some early points will stand you in good stead for the overall NBCC championship.

This year the schedule is:

  1. Indoor
  2. Outdoor
  3. Artistic/Sculptural
  4. Live forging – 75 minutes to make on the showground “Something from a Nursery rhyme” you need to provide your own materials and tools. Forge, vice, anvil and fuel is supplied by the organisers.

You can download the official schedule at this link http://www.nsas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/schedule-17.pdf

Entry online is available at http://www.nsas.org.uk/north-somerset-show/blacksmiths/blacksmiths-entry-form/

Paper entry (to print off and send by post) is available at http://www.nsas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IRON-WORKING-ENTRY-FORM-A4.docx

Questions about classes, please contact the Chief Steward, Keith Mahoney (phone number on the schedule)
Entries will be accepted up to 8.00am on the day of the Show
For entries after 21st April, please contact Keith Mahoney direct.

Blacksmith Competition dates 2017

Here we are again! Hope you all have had a good rest and ready for some Forging?

As usual I’ll post each Competition’s schedule as I receive it, blag it or beg for it. Some show schedules are pretty much the same every year so you can perhaps prepare a bit in advance; others like Edenbridge and Oxted change every year. The one thing you can be sure of is that a well designed, expertly made and nicely finished piece will always do well.

This year’s Blacksmith Competition dates are as follows:

National Blacksmith Competition dates 2017
The North Somerset Show 1st May (1 day)
The Devon County Show 18th to 20th May (3 days)
The Royal Bath and West Show 31st May to June 3rd (4 days)
The Royal Cornwall Show 8th to 10th June (3 days)
South of England Show 8th to 10th June (3 days)
The Royal Three Counties Show 16th to 18th June (3 days)
The Royal Welsh Show 24th to 27th July (4 days)
The New Forest and Hampshire Show 25th to 27th July (3 days)
The Edenbridge and Oxted Show 27th & 28th August (2 days)
The Dorset County Show 2nd & 3rd September (2 days)