May 27th, 2005
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, July 4 is approaching. While Christmas might be some folks’ favorite holiday, I prefer July 4. As most of my friends and family know, I like to have a special project every year. This year: electric ignition. That’s right! I found some resources online for how to make a cheap firing box with some semi common items. Hopefully this will give me the chance to set things up early so I can have a proper show. No more blow torch finales for me. (we’ll see) This year I’m also attempting to fit in another mortar rack like last year’s Big 20. I am going to do things a little more right this year and make plugs for my HDPE pipe. I’m thinking about different rack building methods. The whole custom made drill bit didn’t exatly work out the best last year. Also on the list of new items, a bottle rocket launchpad. I read in a newsletter to use pegboard and morning glories (powder inside) for the launch pad and ignition method. We’ll see. Last on the list is a roman candle stand. I’d like to line them all up and light ‘em with some quickmatch (which I’m also looking into making) for a rain shower of flaming balls. I always have lots of ideas. Executing them on the other hand is another thing.
I’ve also been giving some thought about finding a club for other pyros/pyrotenics/firework types of folks. I’ve read about them online, but there isn’t one really close to where I live. If I’m to keep ramping up my displays it’s going to start costing a lot of money for consumer fireworks. Someday I’d like to get a liscense to purchase higher grade fireworks as well as all the supplies to make them. I’ve already purchased fuse and other stuff online, so it only goes up from here. No more festival balls for me – give me the big toys :) Of course, I’ll have to finish school first. That leads to another thought; I’m taking this summer off. I’m going to enjoy it too.
While I’ve got the summer off this year I also plan to put some time into this site. Lord knows it’s been forever since any updates or regular information comes across. I’m just really busy with everything.