Edenbridge & Oxted Competition Schedule 2017

Time to get forging…. check out the one off best Gate cash prize £100 and the Live Forging prizes!

The Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2017

All entries must be received by 18th August 2017

Judge for all classes (except C) – To be confirmed

Judge for class C – Mr Owen Bush AWCB

£5.00 entry for each class (see entry form for more detail)

Static classes:

A       TRADITIONAL (Made by hammer and hand)

B       CONTEMPORARY (Any method of construction)

C       ‘DAMASCUS’ (Any method of construction, material must be maker derived.)

D       INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL (Any method of construction)

E      A FIGURINE – (Any method of construction)

F       STUDENT/APPRENTICE CLASS – A pair of hollow bit/bow tongs to hold 20mm round. Any method of construction maybe used BUT should be primarily made using hot forging techniques.

A one off special Cash prize £100 is awarded for the Best Gate in Show (any method of construction).


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 100/100 COMPETITION– To forge on the showground in 100 minutes ‘To reproduce from a sample supplied on the day’. Any special tools will be supplied. No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winner is awarded the Tommy Tucker perpetual Rose Bowl Trophy and £100 2nd £50 3rd £25

H       LIVE 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.

I       LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION (Time allowing, winner takes all cash prize) – To forge on the showground in 20 minutes ‘a finished saleable item’. Competitors are to supply own materials. No Striker. 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.

To download a schedule use this link E&O schedule 2017

To download an entry form use this link E&O Entry Form 2017

We Won!

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Edenbridge Blacksmiths Team wins IBF Trophy 2014

We wanted to do well at the ‪#‎IBF‬ team competitions…. But with such stiff competition we were under no illusion that the odds were against us. So it’s difficult to express how good it feels to win; I was a bit stuck for words (unusual for me) when a mic was thrust at me and commanded to say something about Team South East England/Edenbridge Blacksmiths and our win at the Competitions. Thanks to the other 4 members for their trust, forging skill, humour & hard work…. Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell, Dave (John) Harman, Rhys Harling ‪#‎teameffort‬ ‪#‎mates‬ ‪#‎blacksmith‬ ‪#‎blacksmithing‬ ‪#‎eighthoursofforging‬ ‪#‎infrontofblacksmithcrowd‬

— with Rhys Harlin Blacksmith and David Harman.

Edenbridge Competitors at International Blacksmith Festival, Devon

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Left to right David Harman, Rhys Harlin, Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell, Nick Bates

Blacksmith team ‘South East England’ at the ‪#‎IBF‬ before and after photos, the theme is ‘Cattle’ (hopefully u can see that?)… 8+ hours of forging, 5 Smiths, 3 Hearths, using only Hammer & Hand. A lot of fire welding and forging. First pic left to right David Harman Rhys Harlin Blacksmith Richard Hillam, Eric Lamprell and Me. Welsh team did brilliantly on Wednesday and the Belgium team (who were up against us yesterday were also fantastic with their secret weapon… forging supremo Terry Clark (unveiled half way through)… who would have thought that Tel was from the land of Victor Horta, mayonnaise on chips and Rene Magritte? But in all seriousness congratulations to everyone so far…. team competitions are not for the faint hearted.

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Team South East at IBF finished work

The International Blacksmiths Festival 2014

Two months and counting……

At least five Edenbridge Competition regulars will be attending and competing at The International Blacksmiths Festival 2014 in August. The Festival is being held at the home of the Devon County Show Blacksmith competitions and The Blacksmiths Guild at Westpoint, Exeter.

Their website states “The event will showcase and celebrate the Best of Blacksmithing from around the world, the people who participate in this ancient but essential craft, its historic roots and its relevance and place in today’s society.”…. sounds good!

The Festival spans four days from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th of August and will have all manner of Blacksmith related content going on such as Demonstrators, Masterclasses, Socials as well as Competitions. Below are the Schedules of the Team, Individual and Student Competitions. If you want to enter, get on to the The International Blacksmiths Festival 2014 website and follow the instructions.

The Team Competition

This competition is open to teams from individual nations; there are only 8 slots available.The festival is to be held at the home of the Devon County Agricultural Association. Each team in the competition will decorate a panel which will be presented to the DCAA to be displayed around the show ground to mark their 25th anniversary. Each panel is to be decorated to a different theme related to agriculture. The themes will be drawn from a hat and each team will be given their theme 4 weeks prior to the competition to give them time to design their panels and specify a list of materials required. Teams can provide ready cut profile blanks ready for working during the competition. If the team requires profiled blanks to be cut prior to the event, drawings must be submitted at least 2 weeks before the festival.The team will consist of a maximum of 6 members. Each team will be given 8 hours, 3 forges and anvils, a gas forge, leg vice and  the steel  they have requested.The panel will be of size  1100×679 and the frames will be premade by IBF out of 50×12 with the 50mm dimension laying flat as in a picture frame.The themes are:

  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Poultry
  • Agricultural Implements
  • Horses
  • Country Life (e.g. Hunting, Fishing, Shooting)
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Forestry

The Individual Competition

The competitors will be given 2 hours to make something of their own design on the theme of the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Not all elements need to be used 1,2,3 or 4 may be used.

The entry fee for the individual competition is £10.00.

The competitors would be provided with:

  • A forge, anvil and leg vice
  • 1m of 20×6 flat
  • 300mm 80×8 flat
  • 1m of 16mm Sq bar
  • 1m of 12mm round bar
  • 300mm of 25mm sq bar

The Student Competition

To qualify as a student you have to be attending a college of education.

The entry fee for the student competition is £5.00.

Time allowed 90mins

You will be required to reproduce a gate hook as specified in a drawing, the competitor will be judged for skills and accuracy to the drawing.

Each competitor will be supplied with:

  • a forge, anvil and leg vice
  • 250mm of 20×6 flat mild steel