With just over a month to go before the competition, the Royal Cornwall Show has released its Blacksmith Competition Schedule. The Show is held at Wadebridge and is on Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11the June 2016. Getting hold of the schedule and entry form is proving difficult but I’ve managed to get a copy and linked it here Royal Cornwall Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2016 (thanks Simon Hall!)
7 Classes in all, to be judged by Richard Bent FWCB
- Static Indoor – Any item for indoors use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods.
- Static Outdoor – Any article for outdoor use made in the competitor’s workshop using traditional blacksmithing methods.
- Static Artistic – 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.
- Live Forging – Competitors have two hours to make ‘a Hanging Basket Bracket on a Celtic theme’ using their own tools and materials. Forge, fuel and anvil provided.
- Static ‘Functional Item’ – Any functional item produced in the competitor’s workshop. Items in this class may use any methods preferred by the maker.
- Live Forging – Competitors have 30mins to make a ‘Saleable item’ using their own tools and materials. Forge, fuel and anvil provided.
- Cornish Champion – Open to Cornish Smiths only.
You can print the PDF entry form and send it off, but there will be an E-version on the Royal Cornwall Show 2015 website soon too.
Here the unofficial update on the main Live forging competition held at Royal Cornwall Show on 4th, 5th, 6th June 2015. The official schedule is still to come, but with the previous post on this competition there’s nothing to stop you making a plan.
Class 5 Live Forging – 2 hours to forge (on the showground) ‘An interpretation of Ying Yang’….. or ‘the Interdependence of Opposites’. Fire, Fuel and Anvil supplied, competitors to supply there own materials and tools.
Sounds good…. There is so much scope for good work! Plenty of time too. Don’t forget to include sound and relevant forging techniques in to your finished piece… likewise don’t over complicate it.
Here’s a link to ‘Ying Yang’ for those of you who are are a little rusty on your Chinese philosophy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang
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.