Royal Welsh Show Blacksmith Competitions 23, 24, 25, 26 July 2018

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Andy Hall of Ash Ironworks, Devon

My yearly ritual of first finding….. and gleaning information out of the lengthy English/Welsh Blacksmith Schedule is complete, however double check the download PDF before you enter….. In a nutshell this years competition is this:

An Open Artist Blacksmith Competition –Any item of ironwork made by traditional methods only.

Open Artistic Modern and Figurine Competition – Any item of modern artistic work including figurine.

Open – Any finished article of wrought ironwork £200 and over in value.

Open – Any finished article of wrought ironwork not exceeding £200 in value.

Open Jewelry Competition – Jewelry (please see PDF schedule for more detail).

APPRENTICES OR TRAINEES ONLY Any finished article of wrought ironwork made by Apprentice or Trainee.

WELSH STUDENTS ONLY Competition open to Welsh Students only, though they may be continuing their studies in Technical Institutions outside Wales. An article of ornamental ironwork made during the previous 12 months. Only 2 entries per person.

LIVE FORGING  (STUDENTS OR APPRENTICES) To produce a test piece (apparently information is available on the RWAS website!)

LIVE FORGING (Open to Individual Blacksmiths) – Any article to be made in 90 minutes. Competitors must bring their own materials which must be un-worked.

A provisional schedule can be downloaded from the RWAS website http://www.rwas.wales/uploads/RWS_2018/2018_Advance_Farriery_Ornamental_Live_Wrought_Ironwork_Schedule.pdf

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South of England Blacksmith Competition 7, 8, 9 June 2018

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Schedule:

Static Classes:

  1. Traditional static (only by hammer, anvil and hand, no modern methods of construction)
  2. Contemporary Static (any method of construction)
  3. The Camelia Botnar Foundation Cup (Static exhibits by Camelia Botnar students – A pair of hollow bit tongs for 12mm round. Reins to be 12mm round, 400mm long).

Live Classes:

  1. Traditional Live – “From the Deep”. 2 hours, no clean up time. Own materials, no preformed stock. 300mm cubed size limit.
  2. Peter Begent Award. Rams head poker. 1 hour, no clean up time. 500mm of 12mm square, material supplied.

To download the official schedule https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/south-of-england-competition-2018.pdf

There is no obvious way to enter this competition if you read the official schedule, but I guess if you contact David Mortimer by Email he’ll be able to send you some entry tickets morts4@icloud.com

New Forest and Hampshire Competition Schedule 24, 25, 26 July 2018

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New Forest and Hampshire Show 24, 25, 26 July 2018 held at New Park, Brockenhurst SO42 7QH

2018 BLACKSMITHS COMPETITION SCHEDULE

CLASS ONE – 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 £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS TWO – OVER £250 IN VALUE

Traditional or contemporary, primarily of forged construction

Prizes: 1st £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS THREE – ARTISTIC/SCULPTURAL

Items of Artistic Metalwork, any method of construction

Prizes: 1st £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS FOUR – SHOES AND TONGS 90 MINUTE LIVE FORGING

Open mainly to Farriers (but Blacksmiths can enter too) Competitors are required to make on the Showground a pair of tongs and then use those tongs to forge hunter heeled pony shoes.  No clean up time. A striker is permitted. Please see printed schedule for full details.

Prizes: 1st £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS FIVE – 90 MINUTE LIVE FORGING

Competitors are required to make on the Showground a hanging basket bracket.  A clean up time of 5 minutes is permitted away from fire. A striker is permitted

Prizes: 1st £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS SIX – 20 MINUTE LIVE FORGING

Competitors are required to make on the showground a saleable object in 20 minutes. No clean up time.

Prizes: 1st £50 2nd £35 3rd £25

 

CLASS SEVEN  – STUDENT COMPETITION (Static entry)

Please see printed schedule for full details.

Prizes: 1st £30 2nd £20 3rd £10

 

CLASS EIGHT – LOCAL MILITARY BLACKSMITHS COMPETITION

2 hour “open class” (Open to Servicemen only)

Prize cards to 3rd place.

 

To download an entry form and schedule from the official new forest show website use this link New Forest Show Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2018
and a separate New Forest Entry Form 2018

 

JUDGE:

Classes 1 – 8  Paul Allen FWCB

Class 4 Steve Ballasco

 

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

Devon County Show Blacksmith competition schedule 2018

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Local boys.. left to right Paul Gilbert, James Deane, Andy Hall & Simon Hall.

The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are held on 17th, 18th and 19th May 2018 at the Westpoint Showground, just outside Exeter, Devon.

Its such a shame this Show is continually giving such short notice of the Competition Schedule. Last year you had 5 weeks to prepare, this year its 2 weeks better at 7 weeks, even then I had to keep checking the Devon County Show website waiting for the schedule to appear. No notification from the show committee, the NBCC or the NBCC website….. come on people get your act together!

Here’s this years schedule:

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 –  A Sculpture (or Item of sculptural design), produced in the competitors workshop (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 ‘Can Crusher’  bring your own tools and materials. The crushed can must pass through a 20mm x 75mm slot.

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  ‘Candle 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.

A copy of the schedule can downloaded from the Edenbridge and Oxted website, Devon Show 2018 schedule and entry form

Or you can download it from the show website directly Devon County Show website

Royal Three Counties Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2018

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Detail of Bringsty Forge’s winning piece

Royal Three Counties Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2018, the Competition is held on 15, 16 & 17 June at the Great Malvern Showground.
Read the schedule carefully because certain classes are held on particular days… and the forged square and chain making is with the Farriers and not at the Blacksmith Forges.

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 on Saturday to make at least 3 links, £5 entry, 1st place only, £100 prize

R.6 The Corner Test Live Smithing class – 20 minutes (25 minutes if you are an apprentice or student) on Saturday to forge a square test piece 5″ x 5″ ID from 25 x 10mm flat stock, £5 entry, 1st place only, £100 prize

R3. Student Set piece Live Smithing – 60 minutes on Friday, £10 entry, winner takes all prize money, rosettes to four places.

Use this link to download from RTCS website a Blacksmiths schedule

Use this link to download from RTCS website a Farriers entry form

Use this link to download from RTCS website a Blacksmiths entry form

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

Dorset County Show Blacksmith Competitions 2018

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Dorset County Show Blacksmith Competitions are held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Cokers Frome Showground just outside Dorchester. This is the final round of the NBCC competition and one that often makes or breaks the Champion Blacksmith competition.

Class 1: Any item produced using mainly traditional methods for indoor use
Class 2: Any item produced using mainly traditional methods for outdoor use
Class 3: Any Item of an artistic/sculptural nature using any method of construction, with no limit on selling price.
Class 4: Live Forging – 30 minutes to make a saleable item
Class 5: Live Forging – 60 minutes to forge ” a hand tool” (10th and final NBCC qualifying round)

Chief steward for this competition is Simon Grant-Jones and at this time entries need to be made through him Tel 01305 833059 Email: simon@simongrant-Jones.com

There will be a downloadable schedule and entry form available later this year.

The North Somerset Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2018

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The North Somerset Show Blacksmith Competitions takes place on May Bank holiday (7th May) its the first round of the NBCC competition and is always supported well. Its also an ideal opportunity to cut your first teeth as a competitor.

This years schedule is:

Class 1 Indoor
Prizes 1st £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10

Class 2 – Outdoor
Prizes 1st £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10

Class 3 – Artistic
Prizes 1st £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10

Class 4 Live Forging – 90 minutes ‘To make a copy of a Fire poker and Bracket’, using 1 metre of 12mm square bar, competitors to bring their own material with their general tools and PPE. Any special tools will be supplied by competition organisers.
Prizes 1st £75, 2nd £50, 3rd £25

Entries can be submitted online at www.nsas.org.uk/north-somerset-show/blacksmiths/
Or posted directly to competition secretary Keith Mahoney tel. 07771121144 email. keithmahoney02@aol.com

To download an official schedule use this link North Somerset Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2018

 

Royal Cornwall Show Competition Schedule 2018

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Royal Cornwall Show 7, 8, 9 June

Well done to Royal Cornwall Blacksmith Competition for getting their Schedule in super early, please support this great show!

  1. Any item made in the competitors workshop using ONLY traditional techniques.
  2. Any item produced in the competitor’s workshop using any methods preferred by the maker.
  3. An item of tooling such as a knife, axe, hammer, blacksmith tooling (tongs, jig, etc.) made in the competitors workshop using any methods.
  4. Any article produced in the competitor’s workshop of an artistic or sculptural design. Items in this class may use any methods preferred by the maker.
  5. Live Forging – Competitors have 30mins to make any saleable item.
  6. Live Forging – Using their own tools/stock competitors have 2 hours to produce an inspired by a child’s toy or game.
  7. Cornish Champion – Any article, interior or exterior, functional or sculptural, produced using any technique in the competitor’s workshop (Competitors must be a member of CBC).

To download the schedule in full click here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/royal-cornwall-schedule-2018.pdf

Royal Bath & West Blacksmith Competition 2018 Schedule

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Royal Bath and West Show held at Shepton Mallet, Somerset on Wednesday 30, 31 May and 1, 2 June 2018

Ok, here’s the first of this years Blacksmith competition schedules… It’s a bit long winded for me so I have a short version for you…

Class WI 1 – Traditional or Contemporary designed ironwork, primarily of forged construction.

Class WI 2 – Live Forging 120 minutes to make ‘Something for the Living Room’.

Class WI 3 – An item of art or sculpture, using any method of construction

Class WI 4 – ‘The Peoples Choice’…. A daily 60 minute Live Forging, free choice contest with a daily prize of £25. Multiple entries allowed. Judged by member of the public and is not a NBCC round.

Click here to download this years Bath & West 2018 Competition Schedule.
Click here to download this years Bath & West 2018 Entry Form.

 

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