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

 

Still time to enter this years E&O Blacksmith Competition

Still time to enter this year’s competition or just put the date in your diary and come along and see what its all about….
Edenbridge & Oxted Blacksmith Competitions 27th & 28th August 2017
or check out the E&O Facebook page

Edenbridge & Oxted 2016 Schedule

Here it is the official Edenbridge & Oxted 2016 Schedule I can also announce that Mr Kevin Boys is our main Judge and Mr Owen Bush is judging our specialist Damascus Class.

You can download a Entry form at either http://tinyurl.com/gwyvddj or Entry Form 2016

Don’t forget we’d like to have all the entries in for 18th August 2016, but if you forget or are just late we’ll try to fit you in right up to the Saturday before the Show. However if you leave it that late its unlikely we’ll be able to get you complimentary entry and parking tickets. Hope to see you at the end of August?

Edenbridge & Oxted Show 2015

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Richard & Ben Bradshaw forging and ultimate winners of the 45 minute Pairs competition

This year’s Show is over and as usual it was a fantastic two days of competition, socializing and friendship. Congratulations to the winners… And more importantly thanks to all the Smiths who weren’t. There’s no Competition without Competitors and we appreciate their hard work and commitment, but as the regulars to the Show know, socializing and banter is the main reason we all turn up every year. With that said, well done to the guys and girls who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend and competed, whether it was for tin cups, cash, a rosette or two or just to prove to themselves that they can do it (the most important win of all in my book!).

2015 shining stars were Remuna Picard with a beautiful, traditionally made fire screen, Richard Bradshaw’s contemporary designed helix Sommelier’s table, West Country Smith Brian Hill’s figurine and an amazing forged flower by Matt Garton in the 90 minute Live Forging Competition. Show newcomer Simon Hall from Devon, won the 20 minute Live Forging with a perfect ‘Wall Hook’ and father & son team Richard & Ben Bradshaw made the 45 minute pairs Live Forging look easy.

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The NBCC Static Champion was Remuna Picard with his fire screen and the Reserve Champion was Andrew Hall (Ash Ironworks, Devon) with a marvelous Damascus Sword. The NBCC Live Forging Champion was a relative newcomer to the Show and competition circuit, Matthew Garton who forged welded  an intricate stylised flower well within the 90 minute time limit. Yours truly (Nick Bates) won Reserve Champion with a speculative (& very lucky) design.
Detailed list of places will be posted on the E & O website shortly.

Thanks to the judges… Mr Paul Elliot FWCB, proprietor of ‘Hammer & Tongs’ Oxfordshire judged the Static classes and Mr Terrance Clark FWCB cast his wise and critical eye over the Live Classes. E & O Show prides itself on the quality and experience of its chosen Judges, and this year was no different, Terry gave an excellent (positive and constructive) critique of the Live Forging at the prize giving ceremony, with the added bonus of a ‘pitch’ regards to the ‘Ypres 2016′ event planned for June next year; Something we hope that the E & O Competitors and supporters will get involved in.

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Live Forging Classes judge Terry Clark announcing the Ypres 2016 event to the E&O Blacksmiths.

Further thanks are due to Mr Nigel Whitehead (current Prime Warden WCOB), the ‘Blacksmith’s friend’ Mr Hugh Adams, Mr Ron Denton, Sally Clark.
Thanks to the Sponsors for their continued support and the Show itself for its backing and help.

And finally Thanks to the Committee…. Eric & Jude Lamprell, Dave Harman, Richard & Becky Bradshaw (Ben & Katie too), Callow & Co..
There’s one more Competition Show on the NBCC circuit before we find out who is this years Champion Blacksmith and Live Forging Champion are. Dorset Show is the last show of the year and is held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September. After that, its slightly less than 8 months of practice and preparation before the new season of Competitions starting with the North Somerset Show on 2nd May 2016! (details at http://www.blacksmithcompetition.wordpress.com as they become available)

In the meantime for your Competition ‘fix’ there is the annual St.Clements Day Forge In on 21 November 2015, National Trust’s Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 2NW where there are always fun contests, including the infamous ‘snail race’.

That’s it for now. If you need more information about the shows, competitions or blacksmithing please check out the E&O Facebook page or the E&O website

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2015

Here it is… this years Schedule for the Blacksmith Competitions at Edenbridge & Oxted Show 30th & 31st August 2015.

Note there is a new Class F this year for Student and Apprentices. There is also a really nice opportunity for everyone in Class E to sculpt/forge a ‘Figurine’, the possibilities in the class are huge, so why not have a go?

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2015

Static classes:

A       TRADITIONAL (Made by hammer and hand)

B       CONTEMPORARY (Any method of construction)

C       GATES (Any method of construction)

D       INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL (Any method of construction)

E       A FIGURINE – (Any method of construction)

F       STUDENT/APPRENTICE CLASS (new for 2015) – Any original piece, designed and made by competitor. Any method of construction maybe used BUT should be primarily made using hot forging techniques.

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions encourages and promotes the hot forging of Iron, Steel and other metals. All of the static competition entries (except Class A) may use any method of construction, BUT should primarily be designed and made using hot forging techniques. Class A is strictly a ‘by Hammer & Hand’ class, thereby encouraging ONLY the use of hot forging techniques in the design and construction of the piece.

Live forging classes:

G       LIVE FORGING COMPETITION – To forge on the showground in 90 minutes a ‘Flower(s)’. Competitors are to supply own bar and sheet materials. No preformed/shaped material allowed. No extra cleaning up time allowed.

H       LIVE PAIRS – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘a sickle’ to a sample supplied. A 600mm length of 25mm round mild steel and any specific tools will be supplied to each Pair by organisers, not all the material is to be used. No extra cleaning up time allowed.

I       LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION (Time allowing, winner takes all) – To forge on the showground in 20 minutes ‘a finished saleable item’. Competitors are to supply own materials. No extra cleaning up time is allowed. More than one entry accepted. Finished items will be auctioned for charity either at Show or at later date. £5.00 cash fee per entry and taken on the day.

An original copy of the postal schedule can be downloaded using this link E&O Schedule 2015 postal and an Entry Form using this one E&O Entry Form 2015 postal