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Edenbridge and Oxted

For all 2019 Blacksmith enquiries:

E&O Show
c/o Burrows Lea Forge
Burrows Lea Farm
Hook Lane

E.Mail entries to:

The Edenbridge and Oxted Blacksmithing Competition

25th and 26th August 2019

Judge Mr Richard Bent FWCB

Edenbridge & Oxted Show Blacksmith Competitions

Blacksmith Competition Schedule 2019

All entries must be received by 18th August 2019

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

Judge for class C - TBC

£5.00 entry for each class
see online schedule for more detail
or click here to download an entry form

All entries must be received by 18th August 2019

Judge for all classes – To be confirmed

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

Static classes:

A TRADITIONAL (Any item embracing traditional blacksmith forging and construction techniques** – design can be contemporary or traditional)

B CONTEMPORARY (Any item made using innovative design and construction)

C ‘COLOUR’ – Any item where the majority of the work is in Colour(s) other than Black or Grey (Any method of construction.)

D INDUSTRIAL & AGRICULTURAL (Any method of construction)

E STUDENT/APPRENTICE CLASS – A pair of tongs (by Hammer and Hand**).

A one off special Cash prize £100 is awarded to the Best Gate in Show (Chosen and presented by the Judge).

**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 & E) may use any method of construction, BUT should primarily be designed and made using hot forging techniques. Class A & E is strictly a ‘by Hammer & Hand’ class, thereby encouraging ONLY the use of traditional blacksmith hot forging techniques, design and construction.

Live forging classes:

F LIVE FORGING COMPETITION– To forge on the showground in 90 minutes ‘Any item using materials from a list’. More details available at No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winner is awarded the Tommy Tucker perpetual Rose Bowl Trophy and £100 2nd £50 3rd £25

G LIVE PAIRS – To forge on the showground in 45 minutes ‘a pitch fork’. Material supplied by organisers. More details available at No extra cleaning up time allowed. Winners are awarded the Burrows Lea Forge Pairs Forging Trophy and 2 x 1st £40, 2 x 2nd £30, 2 x 3rd £20

H LIVE 20 MIN COMPETITION – 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. Entries accepted on the day time & space permitting. Winner takes all cash

With links back to the East Surrey show society, founded in 1837, the Edenbridge and Oxted show is held yearly on August bank holiday. A true country show that draws from three South East counties, it hosts the spectacle and attraction of late summer country life in the South East.
The Edenbridge and Oxted Show is unusual in comparison to other events, as both days, using traditional coke fueled fires, the Blacksmiths accompanied by the Farriers compete in respective "live" forging competitions, offering the public spectacular displays of talent, teamwork and skill.
In the Blacksmiths tent is a large display of forged Ironwork of both a traditional and contemporary nature, made by local and National Smiths. The work, once judged, is normally offered for sale directly, or can be ordered through the individual Smith. The show provides a valuable opportunity for local Smiths to market and sell their quality Ironwork, whilst promoting themselves as professional, artisan traders. The Blacksmiths competitions held at the Edenbridge and Oxted show are part of a qualifying round for the National Blacksmiths Competition, and are one of the Ten qualifying rounds held nationally, promoting the traditional craft and the skills of the Blacksmiths.
The Blacksmiths static and live competitions are judged and awarded with plaques from the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths.
The Farrier competitions are supported by the Worshipful Company of Farriers, who make awards in order to promote, support and maintain a high standard of excellence in Farriery.
Additional prizes are coordinated by the Blacksmith and Farriers show Committee. Blacksmith or Farriery winners can expect generous cash prizes (paid on the day), special awards for apprentices and various class winning "take home" trophies, including for the Blacksmiths the much coveted "John Denton Memorial Trophy" which is awarded to the best static piece voted for by the public and the Farrier's "Mick Orgil memorial trophy" for special achievement.

For general show enquiries:

Live competitors and Previous winning entries

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