Devon Show competition schedule 18th-20 May

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The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are held for three days at the end of May at the Westpoint Showground, just outside Exeter, Devon.

Considering the Competition is just 5 weeks away and I have certain advantages running this website in acquiring schedules ahead of time…. this one has been a challenge. Thanks to Paul Gilbert for scanning his treasured copy of the schedule. These schedules seem to be as rare as Hen’s teeth and the entry forms are virtually non existent. Something tells me that the Devon Show Blacksmith Competition head of Public Relations needs to buck his ideas up?

With that said I really hope the competitions are a success for the sake of the Smiths who managed to gleen a copy of the schedule and bother to enter.

Here’s what I found:

Class 1 – A traditionally made item made in the competitors workshop with a value less than £250 ex vat

Class 2 – A traditionally made items made in the competitors workshop with no limit on selling price

Class 3 – Any item produced in the competitors workshop of a contemporary design using any methods ( no limit on price)

Class 4 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (no limit on price)

Class 5 – Any article produced in the competitors workshop for use in Agriculture or Industry (no limit on price)

The live forging classes are:

Class 6 – 2hrs to make any item, bring your own tools and materials.

Class 7 –  30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item, bring your own tools and materials. This class can be entered on the day.

Class 8 –  Time TBA ‘To make a piece to ‘match a sample’ in a specified time.

Class 9 – To design and make  ‘Something from home‘ This static competition is the ‘Presidents Choice’  (i.e. the winning piece to be judged by the Show President) and the winning entry will be retained by the DCAA and presented to the President as a memento of their time in office.

A copy of the schedule can downloaded from the Edenbridge and Oxted website, https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-schedule-2017.pdf unfortunately you can’t download one from the Devon Show website itself.

An entry form can be downloaded here https://blacksmithcompetition.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/devon-show-entry-form-2017.pdf

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Devon Show 19, 20, 21 June 2016

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Class 8 ‘Eagle eye’ copy sample using material supplied

The Devon Show Blacksmith Competitions are on 19. 20, 21 May.

The Devon Show http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/ is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as I get it.

However the preliminary competition schedule is:

Class 1 – A traditionally made item made in the competitors workshop with a value less than £250 ex vat

Class 2 – A traditionally made items made in the competitors workshop with no limit on selling price

Class 3 – Any item produced in the competitors workshop of a contemporary design using any methods ( no limit on price)

Class 4 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (no limit on price)

Class 5 – Any article produced in the competitors workshop for use in Agriculture or Industry (no limit on price)

The live forging classes are:

Class 6 – 2hrs to make a ‘Kinetic Sculpture’.

Class 7 –  30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item.

Class 8 –  Time TBA ‘To make a piece to match a sample’.

Class 9 – To design and make  ‘A wine bottle holder’ This static competition is the ‘Presidents Choice’  (i.e. the winning piece to be judged by the Show President) and the winning entry will be retained by the DCAA and presented to the President as a memento of their time in office.

A taste of ‪Devon Show 2015‬

A taste of ‪#‎devonshow2015‬ some excellent static competition pieces and outstanding ‪#‎liveforging‬ well done & thanks to all the competitors and organisers.
Special congrats to Devon Smiths Andrew Hall (proprietor of Ash Ironworks) for his fullered, ‪#‎Damascus‬ sword that quite rightly won Show Champion and Paul Gilbert who won the 120 minute #liveforging competition with a contemporary designed ‘Wine bottle holder’ (no picture as of yet).

More photos at this link Devon Show 2015
Looking forward to the ‪#‎royalbathandwestshow‬ next week.

Devon County Show schedule and entry form 2015

Only two weeks to The Devon County Show 2015.

Although official entries are closed on the 4th May 2015 the Show will accept late entries to classes up to the Show date…. don’t leave it too late as it can be stressful for you as well as the organizers.

The Devon Show website doesn’t have downloadable schedules or entry forms yet but you can download a scanned one using this link Devon Show Schedule and entry form 2015

Devon Show 2015 prelim schedule

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Devon Blacksmith Paul Gilbert Forging

The next NBCC Competitions after the Somerset Show are at the end of May and are at The Devon Show 21, 22, 23 May.

The Devon Show is at Westpoint, just outside Exeter and where the International Blacksmith Festival was held in 2014. Westpoint Forge is also the home of The Blacksmiths Guild. The official schedule with how to enter etc. will be posted here as soon as it is printed & delivered to me (get a move on Devon Blacksmiths!).

The preliminary competition schedule is:

Class 1 – A traditionally made item made in the competitors workshop with a value less than £250 ex vat

Class 2 – A traditionally made items made in the competitors workshop with no limit on selling price

Class 3 – Any item produced in the competitors workshop of a contemporary design using any methods ( no limit on price)

Class 4 –  Any article produced in the competitors workshop of a sculptural or feature design, (no limit on price)

Class 5 – Any article produced in the competitors workshop for use in Agriculture or Industry (no limit on price)

The live forging classes are:

Class 6 – 2hrs to make a ‘Wine bottle holder’.

Class 7 –  30 mins ‘Crash and Dash’ to make a salable item.

Class 8 –  Time TBA ‘To make a piece to match a sample’.

Class 9 – To design and make  ‘A table candle holder’ This static competition is the ‘Presidents Choice’  (i.e. the winning piece to be judged by the Show President) and the winning entry will be retained by the DCAA and presented to the President as a memento of their time in office.

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