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

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Competition dates 2018

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Hello, that time of year again and here are the dates for this years competitions.

You’ll notice straight away we have some conflicts which is very annoying, not to mention the NHIG BathIron2018 event also conflicts with the Three Counties Show too. So I’m guessing that quite a few of us will have to make some difficult decisions this year… but if you are of an optimistic outlook, I guess its better to have choices? I have three schedules in already for this year Bath & West, South of England and yours truly Edenbridge & Oxted. I’m pressing hard this year for all the NBCC Shows to give up thier schedule ‘secrets’ well, well before the actual Competition dates so we ALL have a chance to compete and/or attend the Competitions…. watch this space?

The North Somerset show – 7 May
The Devon County Show -17, 18, 19 May
The Royal Bath and West – 30. 31 June 1, 2 May
The Royal Cornwall show -7, 8, 9 June
South of England – 7, 8, 9 June
The Royal Three Counties show – 15, 16, 17 June
The Royal Welsh show 23, 24, 25, 26 July
The New Forest show – 24, 25, 26 July
The Edenbridge and Oxted Show – 26, 27 Aug
The Dorset County Show – 1, 2 September

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

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.

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.

Devon County Show schedule and entry form 2015

Only two weeks to The Devon County Show 2015.

Although official entries are closed on the 4th May 2015 the Show will accept late entries to classes up to the Show date…. don’t leave it too late as it can be stressful for you as well as the organizers.

The Devon Show website doesn’t have downloadable schedules or entry forms yet but you can download a scanned one using this link Devon Show Schedule and entry form 2015

First round of NBCC competitions 2015

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This May Bank Holiday the first round of the NBCC Blacksmith Competitions is held at the North Somerset Show 2015 (not 2014 as in the picture… no one has won any 2015 shields yet!)
You still have time to enter both the Static and Live Forging Classes. This years ‪#‎liveforging‬ class is to make a ‘latch’ on in 75 minutes (fire, fuel and anvil supplied) more details at https://www.facebook.com/Blacksmithcompetition
Or you can enter on line using this link https://blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com/…/blacksmit…/%20
The schedule is downloadable here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/…/somerse…
Next NBCC competition round is the Devon Show 21, 22, 23 May at Westpoint Showgound, Nr. Exeter.

Devon Show 2015 prelim schedule

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Devon Blacksmith Paul Gilbert Forging

The next NBCC Competitions after the Somerset Show are at the end of May and are at The Devon Show 21, 22, 23 May.

The Devon Show is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter and where the International Blacksmith Festival was held in 2014. Westpoint Forge is also the home of The Blacksmiths Guild. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as it is printed & delivered to me (get a move on Devon Blacksmiths!).

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 ‘Wine bottle holder’.

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 table 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.