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.
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
Thursday evening was the first meeting of the ‘South East Blacksmiths’.
A small group of like-minded Blacksmiths decided it would be good to meet up and spend some time together… not interrupted, distracted by work, competition or anything… just a chat and coffee.
The Meet suggested, instigated and generously hosted by London Bladesmith Owen Bush was a great success with 14 Smiths attending.
The purpose of the get together was to meet face to face and chat rather than forge, make or compete…. A refreshing and original idea? All the Smiths attending had lots to talk about and share; interestingly many knew each other through various social media but had never met in person despite living and working in the same region, so possibly these meetings (if continued) could be the much needed antidote to the emerging digital divide phenomena and those of us who miss a good ole chin wag. Lets wait and see?
I’ll be posting the next Meet date when I know, so if you are in South East England and a Blacksmith (professional, student or hobbiest) why not come along?
A week ago Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions held a Forge In to make Poppies for the Ypres 2016 project.
The purpose of our little forging party was to help the Ypres 2016 project reach their target of 2500 poppies before the actual event in September 2016 in Belgium.Our E&O Blacksmiths (and friends) didn’t disappoint and easily forged 200 poppies on Saturday 24th October.
We had three power hammers running, two gas furnaces and a double hearth up to heat, with plenty of encouragement and guidance Master Smith Terrence Clark the job was complete with plenty of time left over to chat and catch up.
On 21st November 2015 St.Clements Day Celebrations are held at Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Devon.
There’s lots of Blacksmith things going on including Demonstrations and Competitions.
This year there is the usual competition to make ‘a candlestick’ in 120 minutes (bring your tools and materials) and the Great Snail Race where you have to make a snail that is free standing out of 200m of 10mm rd bar in the shortest possible time.