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2019 UK Blacksmith competitions

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This years National UK Blacksmith competition started with the North Somerset Show. Next one is the Devon County Show May 16, 17, 18 at Westpoint  showground near to Exeter. All the shows have an excellent display of static ironwork and live forging competitions and demonstrations taking place throughout the shows, Entry is open to all, but only the UK based 'smiths are eligible for points towards the UK Champion Blacksmith competitions.

Entries are all judged by the approved Judge, no matter from where the maker is based. A piece made may be declared show champion without reference to the 'smiths origin, the objective of the competitions is to bring the very best of the smiths craft before the public, and promote blacksmiths in general, entries from Non UK residents are encouraged, it is great to see the differing styles of 'smithing from around the globe.

Some pictures from the show. The live competition pieces were all completed within two hours. Each show is judged by a different member from the judging panel. This show's judge was Merv Allen, a familiar face on the international Blacksmithing scene and one of those involved in organising  the 2014 International Blacksmith Festival at Westpoint.

The live competition was based upon the theme Summer is a coming a 12th century folk song.

The live forging area in use.


The judging of the live competition



The entries from the live competition


Reserve Live Champion's entry


The Show Champion and reserve Champions

Static classes where the best from each class are judged against each other

Show Champion Olly Bramston


Reserve Simon Hall


Live Champion Keith Mahoney


Reserve Live Champion Tony Hollis



Hopefully see you at one of this year's show.

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