Italian vs. Maltese Shells, 2 Ways of Achieving Similar Results
Tent 2 | Demonstration
February 18, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presented by: Tom Sklebar, Kevin MatherNo Session Description Available
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Tom started helping his father dynamite rocks as a kid almost 60 years ago. He is a hobbyist pyro who has built various devices for some time starting in the 1990’s. A member of PGI, WPA, FPAG, Northern Lighters, WPAG. For his usual private 4th of July show he builds lance work, gerbs, mines, rockets, wheel, saxons, tourbillions, girandola, comets, ball shells from 3 – 12″, Maltese single and multibreak shells, Italian single and multibreak shells and various other articles pyrotechnic. Tom has taught or helped at workshops and seminars for some years now (as well as neighbors and their children and now grandchildren)
(aka “Moonbeam”) has been mixing chemicals and playing with fire since he was given a chemistry set at age 8. When asked about how he got started in pyro, he quickly answers that his mother is primarily to blame. Growing up in Colorado, fireworks were a common part of family celebrations and were actively encouraged by his mother. Kevin has been quoted saying, “Birthdays, Christmas, Chanukah, the summer solstice, and most days of the week were all celebrated with fireworks in my family.” Kevin is fascinated by Italian shell construction and attributes this to his love of “cut and paste” in kindergarten.