Live Forging update for E&O 2017

Here’s a Competition update for the Live Forging Competitors at this years Edenbridge and Oxted Show.

Class G LIVE FORGING 100/100 COMPETITION– To forge on the showground in 100 minutes. First prize £100. ‘To reproduce from a sample supplied on the day’.  You will need to bring the following specific tools in addition to your usual kit.

  1. A pair of tongs to hold 30 x 10mm flat (either 30mm on edge or 10mm on edge or both)
  2. A pair of bow/hollow/bolt tongs to hold 12mm round and square section.
  3. A sharp hot set/chisel (a hand held chisel is preferable to a rodded or handled tool)
  4. All materials will be supplied by show organisers.

Class H LIVE FORGING 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. You will need to bring the following specific tools in addition to your usual kit.

  1. A pair of bow/hollow/bolt tongs to hold 20mm round.
  2. A pair of bow/hollow/bolt tongs to hold a nominal 16mm square.
  3. A punch to facilitate a final drift of 16mm round.
  4. All materials will be supplied by show organisers.
  5. Please note. contrary to schedule the competition is to make the hook only (as photo below); staples are NOT required.
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Live Forging Pairs Competition 2017

 

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

A walk round this year’s E&O marquee.

A short clip of an informal walk around the marquee at this years Static Blacksmith Competitions at Edenbridge and Oxted Show. Did you know that Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmith Competition has a YouTube channel? Well it has, if you want to check it out you can use this link E&O YouTube

Live Forging Competition at Edenbridge & Oxted Show 2016

A nice Clip of Henry Rogers a local Blacksmith having a go at the NBCC Live Forging Competition at this years Edenbridge & Oxted Show. Henry has a Forge in Edenbridge, which probably make him our most local Smith and well as the youngest.

Last call for Edenbridge and Oxted entries 2016

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Last call for Blacksmith Competition entries 2016

Last call for entries at this years Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions, there’s still time to enter Static pieces and take part in the Live Forging Contests. A schedule can be downloaded using this link https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/printed… along with an E&O Entry Form 2016 https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/entry-f…

E&O Show 3 1/2 weeks away..

In the interests of getting things going (and nostalgia on my part) here’s a great ‘walk about’ video taken by Remuna Picard of Tiki Forge last year.

There’s still time to enter the Competitions (details at The Competition page) but if that’s not your thing just come along for a chat and to soak up the unique experience of Blacksmith Competitions…. The rest of the Show is quite good too!

E&O Show 28-29 August 2016

Video courtesy of Remuna Picard, Tiki Forge.

One month to go before the Blacksmith Competitions at Edenbridge & Oxted Show this August Bank Holiday weekend.
There’s Static and Live Forging Competitions Sunday and Monday and there’s always room for ‘Display only’ (PM me for details).
More info at https://blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com/ or or you can download a schedule https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/printed… and and entry form https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/entry-f…

 

Edenbridge & Oxted Show 2015

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Richard & Ben Bradshaw forging and ultimate winners of the 45 minute Pairs competition

This year’s Show is over and as usual it was a fantastic two days of competition, socializing and friendship. Congratulations to the winners… And more importantly thanks to all the Smiths who weren’t. There’s no Competition without Competitors and we appreciate their hard work and commitment, but as the regulars to the Show know, socializing and banter is the main reason we all turn up every year. With that said, well done to the guys and girls who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend and competed, whether it was for tin cups, cash, a rosette or two or just to prove to themselves that they can do it (the most important win of all in my book!).

2015 shining stars were Remuna Picard with a beautiful, traditionally made fire screen, Richard Bradshaw’s contemporary designed helix Sommelier’s table, West Country Smith Brian Hill’s figurine and an amazing forged flower by Matt Garton in the 90 minute Live Forging Competition. Show newcomer Simon Hall from Devon, won the 20 minute Live Forging with a perfect ‘Wall Hook’ and father & son team Richard & Ben Bradshaw made the 45 minute pairs Live Forging look easy.

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The NBCC Static Champion was Remuna Picard with his fire screen and the Reserve Champion was Andrew Hall (Ash Ironworks, Devon) with a marvelous Damascus Sword. The NBCC Live Forging Champion was a relative newcomer to the Show and competition circuit, Matthew Garton who forged welded  an intricate stylised flower well within the 90 minute time limit. Yours truly (Nick Bates) won Reserve Champion with a speculative (& very lucky) design.
Detailed list of places will be posted on the E & O website shortly.

Thanks to the judges… Mr Paul Elliot FWCB, proprietor of ‘Hammer & Tongs’ Oxfordshire judged the Static classes and Mr Terrance Clark FWCB cast his wise and critical eye over the Live Classes. E & O Show prides itself on the quality and experience of its chosen Judges, and this year was no different, Terry gave an excellent (positive and constructive) critique of the Live Forging at the prize giving ceremony, with the added bonus of a ‘pitch’ regards to the ‘Ypres 2016′ event planned for June next year; Something we hope that the E & O Competitors and supporters will get involved in.

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Live Forging Classes judge Terry Clark announcing the Ypres 2016 event to the E&O Blacksmiths.

Further thanks are due to Mr Nigel Whitehead (current Prime Warden WCOB), the ‘Blacksmith’s friend’ Mr Hugh Adams, Mr Ron Denton, Sally Clark.
Thanks to the Sponsors for their continued support and the Show itself for its backing and help.

And finally Thanks to the Committee…. Eric & Jude Lamprell, Dave Harman, Richard & Becky Bradshaw (Ben & Katie too), Callow & Co..
There’s one more Competition Show on the NBCC circuit before we find out who is this years Champion Blacksmith and Live Forging Champion are. Dorset Show is the last show of the year and is held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September. After that, its slightly less than 8 months of practice and preparation before the new season of Competitions starting with the North Somerset Show on 2nd May 2016! (details at http://www.blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com as they become available)

In the meantime for your Competition ‘fix’ there is the annual St.Clements Day Forge In on 21 November 2015, National Trust’s Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW where there are always fun contests, including the infamous ‘snail race’.

That’s it for now. If you need more information about the shows, competitions or blacksmithing please check out the E&O Facebook page or the E&O website

Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmith Competition call for last minute entries

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Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmith Competition call for last minute entries

Sunday 30th and Bank Holiday Monday 31st 2015

This year’s Show is nearly upon us, but there’s still time to enter both the Static and Live classes. There are still places available in all the Live Forging Competitions and we can always squeeze one more into the Static classes.

This year there is a brilliant ‘Figurine’ Class and a new to show ‘Student’ Class, as well as the usual Traditional, Contemporary, Gate and Industrial/Agricultural Classes. The Student Class is free entry.

The main NBCC Live Forging competition si to make a ‘Flower(s)’ in 90 minutes. The Pairs competition is to make ‘Sickle’ and as always there is the very popular ’20 Minute’ Class.

That’s 9 Classes in total! The Static Classes will be judged by Mr Paul Elliot FWCB and Mr Terry Clark FWCB is judging the Live Forging Classes.

For information on how to enter is at https://blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com there are links to it from our Facebook page too https://www.facebook.com/Blacksmithcompetition or you can download a entry form, Email it and pay on line. Or bring your completed form with your remittance to the Show on Saturday 29th August.

Its going to be a great Show and we hope to see you there!

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