We Won!

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Edenbridge Blacksmiths Team wins IBF Trophy 2014

We wanted to do well at the ‪#‎IBF‬ team competitions…. But with such stiff competition we were under no illusion that the odds were against us. So it’s difficult to express how good it feels to win; I was a bit stuck for words (unusual for me) when a mic was thrust at me and commanded to say something about Team South East England/Edenbridge Blacksmiths and our win at the Competitions. Thanks to the other 4 members for their trust, forging skill, humour & hard work…. Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell, Dave (John) Harman, Rhys Harling ‪#‎teameffort‬ ‪#‎mates‬ ‪#‎blacksmith‬ ‪#‎blacksmithing‬ ‪#‎eighthoursofforging‬ ‪#‎infrontofblacksmithcrowd‬

— with Rhys Harlin Blacksmith and David Harman.

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Edenbridge Competitors at International Blacksmith Festival, Devon

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Left to right David Harman, Rhys Harlin, Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell, Nick Bates


Blacksmith team ‘South East England’ at the ‪#‎IBF‬ before and after photos, the theme is ‘Cattle’ (hopefully u can see that?)… 8+ hours of forging, 5 Smiths, 3 Hearths, using only Hammer & Hand. A lot of fire welding and forging. First pic left to right David Harman Rhys Harlin Blacksmith Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell and Me. Welsh team did brilliantly on Wednesday and the Belgium team (who were up against us yesterday were also fantastic with their secret weapon… forging supremo Terry Clark (unveiled half way through)… who would have thought that Tel was from the land of Victor Horta, mayonnaise on chips and Rene Magritte? But in all seriousness congratulations to everyone so far…. team competitions are not for the faint hearted.

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Team South East at IBF finished work