South of England Show Blacksmith Competitions is around the corner. David Mortimer has worked emensely hard to get this Competition off the ground so please support the competition and the newly formed SEBA (South East Blacksmiths Association)
The Competition this year is:
Class A: Traditional Static 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Class B: Contemporary Static 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Class C: Traditional Live forging 1st=£60, 2nd=£40 90 minutes to forge on the showground ‘a moving Hinge’ competitors are to provide own materials, no cleanup time.
Class D: Composite Pattern Welded piece 1st=£50
Class E: Student static piece: 1st=£60, 2nd=£40
Peter Begent Award: 1st=£50
Camelia Botnar Foundation Cup
The results for this years South of England Show are in use this link to view them South of England Show 2015 results Well done to Kevin Boys for winning Best in Show with his Archer (to be viewed at the Tower of London)
It was a tough Show for the SOE committe as it clashed with the Royal Three Counties Show at Malvern (also a NBCC round). In addition they had come back to the Ardingly Show ground after a years absence only to find the Show organisers had moved their previously agreed pitch at the last minute. However Mike, Merv and David still managed to put on a great show along with the usual friendly atmosphere. Check out their show website at http://www.southofenglandblacksmiths.org/
Here’s the schedule for this year’s South of England Show being held at The Ardingly Showground as in previous years. Only the group A classes are part of the national championship.
Group A Class1 – Traditional
Group A Class 1 – Contemporary
Group A Class 2 – Live Forging
2hrs- Forge hanging candelabra for three candles
It must be able to be height adjustable from a ceiling hook
and candles must be prevented from dripping wax below
No spikes are allowed to support the candles
and the candelabra should be as decorative as possible.
striker permitted no cleaning up time allowed.
Materials to be supplied by competitor in straight bar stock
and sheet only. No pre-formed work to be included. No striker or clean up time
The following Categories are not part of the NBCC competitions.
Group B Class 3 – Traditional and Contemporary
COLLEGE STUDENTS (UNDER 21) only
Group B Class 4 – LIVE FORGING
1 hr- Forge a set of cutlery: a knife, fork and a spoon
They should be as decorative and as good a finish as possible
While being functional.
Materials to be supplied by the competitor in straight bar stock
and sheet only. No per-formed work to be included.
I hope you are getting ready for a busy new season of Blacksmith Competitions.
I’m writing mid January 2015 so there’s still plenty of time for you to make something for the static competitions. Each Competition Round has classes peculiar to the individual show, but if you base your efforts on 1. Static Traditional design and make class, 2. Static Contemporary design and make class, 3. Live forging.
As the Shows submit their schedules I will post them for you, I’ll also offer some hints to successful competition submissions in a later posts.
The dates for your calender are:
The North Somerset Show – 4 May (May Bank Holiday)
The Devon County Show – 21, 22, 23 May (3 days)
The Royal Bath and West Show – 27, 28, 29, 30 May (4 days)
The Royal Cornwall Show – 4, 5, 6 June (3 days)
The South of England Show – 11, 12, 13 June (3 days)
The Three Counties Show – 12, 13, 14 June (3 days)
The Royal Welsh Show – 20, 21, 23 July (3 days)
The New Forest Show – 28, 29, 30 July (3 days)
The Edenbridge and Oxted Show – 30, 31 August (2 days)
The Dorset County Show – 5, 6 September (2 days)