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
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.
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.
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.