Royal Bath and West Show Blacksmith Competition 2017

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The Royal Bath and West Show Blacksmith Competitions are held on 31st May to June 3rd this year at the Shepton Mallet Showground and is the second round of the NBCC Championship.

All change at this years B&W Show though. New forge site and new type of competition. The venue remains the same but the Forge site has been moved to the Countryside area, which should give the competitors better access and a different level of public exposure.

The competition is greatly simplified with essentially three classes.

  1. A static free choice class, upon the NBCC championship will be a part of.
    1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20
  2. A 120 minute live forging class to make a ‘floral item’ to be included in NBCC live forging championship. 1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20
  3.  A daily 60 minute live forging competition, where the winner of each day’s work is awarded £25 prize money.
Entry fees when booked in advance are simplified too, a £20 blanket entry fee (incl VAT) for as many entries as you may wish to make in any of the classes…..or a £5 per day fee for the 60 minute live for those of you who left it to late…. I think? Best to check as always with this years Cheif Steward who I believe is Mr Keith Mahoney.

To download a schedule use this link http://www.bathandwest.com/media/2017-Wrought-Iron-Schedule.pdf

To download an entry form (POSTAL entries close on 19th May) http://www.bathandwest.com/media/Wrought-Iron-Entry-Form.pdf

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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

Bath and West Show 2015

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Beth Shepherd forging at the Bath and West Show 2015

Beth Shepherd at Royal Bath and West Show last Saturday starting her candle sconce. So good to see the fairer sex  forging at the show. Professional Smith Melissa Cole competed in the 90mins Live Forging Competition, making a beautiful Toasting Fork.

Congratulation to the winners, commiserations to the losers… It was an excellent show as usual, thanks from us at E&O to the organizers and host Smiths.

Some photos at this link Bath & West 2015

Tong making at Bath & West Show 2015

 

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Making the fire weld on one half of a pair of tongs.

So…. I thought it would be easy to find a useful an online video to post here to inspire those of you who fancied entering the  Tong Making competition at The Bath & West show on 27th – 30th May.

That’s 8 weeks away and don’t forget your paper entries need to be in by 9th April! or 13th May on line.

…. but apparently not.

So rather than show you a rubbish way to make them I thought I post a vid of a completely different way to make them. This is the style most Farrier tongs are now made…. pretty but not necessarily better than the old fashioned way. For those of you with Eagle eyes, you can see in one shot, a pile of pre-prepared tong blanks behind the Smith…. so don’t be too impressed or intimidated.

**One bit of advice if you decide to enter, keep your stock small and your reins long. You’ll know what I mean once you get on the fires at Shepton Mallet**

https://youtu.be/X3Fc_xIlGOU

The Royal Bath & West Show 27th – 30th May 2015

Next schedule up is the Royal Bath & West Show this show is held at Shepton Mallet Showground, Somerset.

The Classes at The Bath & West Show are pretty straightforward with no frills or special requirements. Its a great show generally and very welcoming as a competitor. The prize money at this show is one of the most generous on the NBCC circuit so its definitely worth putting the effort in.

Class entries close 13th May (on line) or until the class is full. The PDF schedule can be downloaded at Bath & West Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2015. This Show’s website allows you to book your entries on line (using the above link)… the system works, so please use it!

The schedule is basically this:

Class WI1-  Any item suitable for display in/around the home focusing upon a Stone Fireplace.
Class WI2 – Any item, any size, for EXTERIOR use.
Class WI3 – LIVE BLACKSMITHING. “Produce any item within the timescale of 90 minutes.” NO STRIKER ALLOWED. Supply own materials.
Class WI4 – LIVE BLACKSMITHING, “Produce something saleable within the timescale of 20 minutes”. Supply own materials.
Class WI5 – LIVE TONG MAKING, Time allowed 45 minutes. Supply own materials.

Please check out Bath & West Wrought Ironwork Schedule 2015 for the detail.