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Notices > International Blacksmith Festival, August 13-16, 2014

International Blacksmiths Festival 2014

A major International Festival of Blacksmithing, the like of which has not been seen in the UK this century, is being sponsored by: The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, British Artist Blacksmiths Association, Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association, The Blacksmiths Guild, The National Blacksmithing Competition Committee and others to be announced.

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.

Open to the public, this important event will include demonstrations by some of the finest blacksmiths, metalworkers and artists from Europe and beyond. Other attractions will include: Trade Stands, Local Produce Stalls, Old Fashioned Amusements, Morris and Irish Dancing, Traditional Musicians, Blacksmithing Competitions, Master Classes, Medieval Enactment Groups, Celebrity Chef, Falconry Display, Children’s Forging and many other activities. Confirmed metalworking highlights so far include the following with more to be announced:

Brian Brazeal from the USA – Various Masterclasses
Alec Steele from the UK
Daniel Lea from Germany
Dan Riffe from Texas, USA
Owen Bush and Mick Maxen – Iron Smelt
Ron Phillips – Aluminium Casting
Ian Thackray – Iron Age Forging
Jeremy Hodgkinson (Wealden Iron Research Group) – ‘Iron in the Weald’
Paul Allen FWCB – Advanced Forging Techniques
Hector Cole FWCB – Medieval Forging
Richard Wood – Fold Forming
Sean Daniels – Leadworking
Stephen Lunn – Tips, Tricks, Fire Welding With a Twist and a Seaside Piece!
Uri Hofi – Power Hammer Work

The event will include an International Team competition. Each team will be required to make a panel to a particular theme which will be presented to Westpoint. In addition there will be competitions for individuals and full time students. Westpoint (EX5 1DJ) is located on the A3052 to Sidmouth about one mile from J30 of the M5. Exeter Airport is two miles distant and Exeter St. David’s railway station around six miles. There will be ample space for tents and caravans for visiting blacksmiths and traders booking for this historic four day event, plus of course local recommended B&B and hotels details of which can be found at the websites of Westpoint www.westpointexeter.co.uk or the Devon Tourist Board www.visitdevon.co.uk

For more information visit their website International Blacksmith Festival

February 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterOABA

It was indicated to us that they are looking for teams or individuals to come and compete or demonstrate at this event, and that they would be honoured to have a team representing Canada to be there also.

March 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brandow