Photo courtesy Alex Sellers
The Royal Welsh Show Blacksmith Competitions are held at The showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY on July 18, 19, 20, 21.
As usual this years schedule is very late appearing. The Schedule and Entry Form can be downloaded using these links Royal Welsh Show Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2016 and Royal Welsh Show Entry Form
And as usual I have done my best to extract the information out of the lengthy English/Welsh Schedule for you, however double check the download PDF before you enter….. In a nutshell this years competition is this:
CLASS 7 – Any item of ironwork made by traditional methods only.
CLASS 8 – Any item of modern artistic work including figurine.
CLASS 9 – Any finished article of wrought ironwork £200 and over in value.
CLASS 10 – Any finished article of wrought ironwork not exceeding £200 in value.
CLASS 11 – Jewelry (please see PDF schedule for more detail).
CLASS 12 – for APPRENTICES OR TRAINEES ONLY Any finished article of wrought ironwork. Note: Apprentice or Trainee Competitors are eligible to enter items of work in the Open Classes, if they wish, but those items will not qualify to be judged in Class 11.
CLASS 13 – for 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.
CLASS 14 LIVE FORGING (to commence at 10.00 am) – STUDENTS OR APPRENTICES To produce a test piece (shephards crook) in 60 minutes. Materials supplied. To a design supplied by Mr Chris Blythman – Herefordshire College of Technology.
CLASS 15 LIVE FORGING – Any article to be made in 90 minutes. Competitors must bring their own materials which must be un-worked.
FORGES, ANVILS AND FUEL WILL BE PROVIDED, BUT COMPETITORS MUST BRING ALL OTHER NECESSARY TOOLS.