Star Rolling – The Toro Method

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Tent 3 | Demonstration

February 19, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Presented by: Ellen Webb

The Toro method of rolling stars is a traditional Japanese technique that grows the stars by using a slurry of the star composition mixed with the wetting agent. This free workshop will show the techniques used to start and grow your stars plus some troubleshooting methods. The workshop will be a blend of didactic and hands-on learning.

Additional Session Information
Beginner Friendly
PPE Required
Age 18+


About Presenters

Ellen Webb

Ellen Webb is a retired Critical Care nurse who, until very recently, always admired all things pyrotechnic from afar. When her husband successfully battled cancer, they decided it was time to start doing things they had always wanted to do. So in 2017, they went to their first PGI Convention, and a shell-building class was all it took to firmly set the hook. Ellen returned home from PGI with a thumb drive full of pyro literature, 150 pounds of chemicals, and had a cement mixer on order. At the 2018 Convention Ellen entered 4 shells constructed with the same techniques to be taught in the class into Aerial Level 4, and was awarded 2nd Place. Her pyro interests include star rolling and Japanese-style ball shells.

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