The International Blacksmith Festival and Nordic Championship in Forging was held in Odda, a small industrial town in western Norway, 11th - 14th of August 2011. The festival area was in a old factory in Odda, in and around the old smithy from 1907 called "Oddasmio" (Odda Smithy). The smithy is the largest industrial smithy in Norway and is restored and owned by the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry and is used on a regular basis by local blacksmiths, the Odda Blacksmith Association.
Blacksmiths from all of the nordic countries participated, and there were blacksmiths from 11 different countries present during the festival. The biggest delegation outside the nordic countries was from the Czech republic. The nordic blacksmiths competed in three different classes: open class, gesell class and master class. The assignment in all the classes was to make a door handle in 4 hours. It was quite impressive to see them working on this for 4 hours straight over the fire.
At 03:07 you can see Tobbe Malm and Tone Mörk Karlsrud who took part in the festival and made some of the first roses of the "Iron Rose for Norway" project which are blacksmiths building a sculpture of forged roses made by smiths from all over the world. To honor the victims of the unimaginable violence in Oslo and Utøya July 22, 2011 and to let the love grow from hammers and fire. See more of the project here: facebook.com/pages/Iron-Rose-for-Norway/120368931391921
The festival was arranged by:
Odda blacksmith association
Norwegian blacksmith association norsksmedforening.no/
together with the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry facebook.com/vasskraftmuseet
Everything is filmed with a Canon 5D MK II with a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. I also managed to make a couple of timelapse sequences from the smithy and the factory buildings around it.