Devon Show competition schedule 18th-20 May

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The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are held for three days at the end of May at the Westpoint Showground, just outside Exeter, Devon.

Considering the Competition is just 5 weeks away and I have certain advantages running this website in acquiring schedules ahead of time…. this one has been a challenge. Thanks to Paul Gilbert for scanning his treasured copy of the schedule. These schedules seem to be as rare as Hen’s teeth and the entry forms are virtually non existent. Something tells me that the Devon Show Blacksmith Competition head of Public Relations needs to buck his ideas up?

With that said I really hope the competitions are a success for the sake of the Smiths who managed to gleen a copy of the schedule and bother to enter.

Here’s what I found:

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 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (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 any item, bring your own tools and materials.

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  ‘Something from home‘ 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, https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-schedule-2017.pdf unfortunately you can’t download one from the Devon Show website itself.

An entry form can be downloaded here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-entry-form-2017.pdf

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Devon Show 19, 20, 21 June 2016

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Class 8 ‘Eagle eye’ copy sample using material supplied

The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are on 19. 20, 21 May.

The Devon Show http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/ is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as I get it.

However the preliminary competition schedule is:

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 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (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 ‘Kinetic Sculpture’.

Class 7 –  30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item.

Class 8 –  Time TBA ‘To make a piece to match a sample’.

Class 9 – To design and make  ‘A wine bottle 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.

Wrought Ironwork Schedule for Royal Bath and West Show 1st June to 4th June 2016

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Here’s this years official schedule for the Bath & West Show. Be aware Entries Close 5th May (Paper) & 13th May (Online). B & W are quite strict about this so try and get organized so that you get your entry in on time.

Very excited to see a change in this years Live Forging…. Chain making! Not quite like the Three Counties Speed Competition but still good fun and a chance to practice some traditional skills. 12mm round (opposed to RTCAS 10mm) so it will be a bit more tricky to get presentable welds, but unlike the RTCAS competition there is no restriction on tools and a generous 30 minutes to make at least 3 joined links…. so plenty of scope to make a proper chain! Top tip – look at old hand made chain and try to copy some of its unique characteristics, the judge will be looking for that, along with consistency and a clean finish.

There’s still the usual 90 minute ‘make what you like’ competition running and the 20 minute challenge ‘to make a salable item’ (don’t forget to make full use of your 5 minute cleaning up time on this one? Speaking from experience if you win all three live forging competitions at the B&W you walk away with a considerable pot of prize money… making your efforts more than worthwhile. Here’s the schedule, PDF links to B&W online coppy and entry form at the bottom of the page.

 

The 2016 B&W schedule

Class WI1

Any item suitable for display in/around the home, a Stone Fireplace to be

the focus, and which has the following dimensions:

EXTERNAL INTERNAL
H 1320mm

W 1560mm

D 210mm

H 900mm

W 915mm

 

 

Class WI2

Any item, any size, for EXTERIOR use, must incorporate forging

techniques.

 

Class WI3

LIVE BLACKSMITHING.

Produce any item within the timescale of 90 minutes.

Materials optional, to be provided by the competitor, wooden shafts are

permitted. NO STRIKER ALLOWED. Competition to be held daily from

Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Class WI4

LIVE BLACKSMITHING,

Produce something saleable within the timescale of 20 minutes. Materials optional, to be provided by the competitors. Competition tobe held daily from Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Class WI5

LIVE CHAIN MAKING, Minimum of three linksin continuous chain. Time allowed 30 minutes. Materials to be mild steel 12mm round bar 200mm long for each link, to be provided by the competitor. A striker is allowed, but is

not mandatory. The duties of a striker (if employed), are restricted to tending the

fire and use of the sledge hammer. Competition to be held daily from Thursday to Saturday and judged on the Saturday of the Show.

 

Notes for Live Forging Classes WI3, WI4 and WI5 :

(a) Pre-heating is allowed but NO material to be pre-worked.

(b) Five minutes brushing, sanding and polishing time after “time” is called.

(c) No tools other than forging tools allowed.

 

Notes for classes W11, W12, WI3, WI4 and WI5:

All items entered must include hot forged techniques and must be forged predominantly from iron and steel.

http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Ironwork-Schdule.pdf

http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Ironwork-Entry-Form.pdf

A taste of ‪Devon Show 2015‬

A taste of ‪#‎devonshow2015‬ some excellent static competition pieces and outstanding ‪#‎liveforging‬ well done & thanks to all the competitors and organisers.
Special congrats to Devon Smiths Andrew Hall (proprietor of Ash Ironworks) for his fullered, ‪#‎Damascus‬ sword that quite rightly won Show Champion and Paul Gilbert who won the 120 minute #liveforging competition with a contemporary designed ‘Wine bottle holder’ (no picture as of yet).

More photos at this link Devon Show 2015
Looking forward to the ‪#‎royalbathandwestshow‬ next week.

Devon Show this week!

Looking forward to the Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions this week. Tomorrow is the first day of the show, Saturday is the last. Probably too late to an enter any of the classes now but there is the Royal Bath & West Show next week. The Royal Three Counties Show and South of England Show two weeks after that.
Its always worth contacting the organizers if you have left your entry to the last minute, often they will consider late entries if there is time to post out entry tickets to the show.
New Forest & Hampshire Show and The Royal Welsh Show coming up in July.

Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions's photo.

Royal Cornwall Show prelim Schedule

Only eleven weeks away and the Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Competitions on 4th, 5th, 6th June haven’t posted a schedule yet…. come on guys!!!! and South of England Show you too. How are working smiths supposed to enter, prepare and compete with such short notice. No wonder we have trouble getting new Smiths to enter and have a go! Arghhh!

So I’ve taken an educated guess on the classes based upon what’s gone before. Check before you enter, but this should help you prepare.

Class 1 INDOOR
Any article for indoor use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods

Class 2 OUTDOOR
Any article for outdoor use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods

Class 3 ARTISTIC/SCULPTURAL
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.

Class 4 LIVE FORGING
To be decided

Class 5 CRASH ‘N’ DASH
Competitors have 30 minutes to make any saleable item. All items made to be donated at the end of the show and go towards prize funds. This class can be entered on the day, no entry fee is required.

Please check the official schedule from the Royal Cornwall Show or look for the most recent Cornwall post on this site before entering.