About FireSmith Manufacturing

World Class Tools

The world of pyrotechnics is full of awe and mystery.  Beautiful colors, thunderous booms and simply amazing displays of chemistry and physics in action have captivated humankind for hundreds of years.  Though the basic formulations and manufacturing techniques have been established for several generations, quality tooling allows today's pyrotechnician to produce effects quicker, more efficiently and more consistently than with the wooden tooling of days gone by.  


All FireSmith Pyrotechnic Tooling is engineered to the highest levels of performance, ease of use and longevity. Each product is CAD designed with 3D modeling software and machined from quality materials on state-of-the-art CNC machinery.


Congratulations PGI Competitors!

Checkout this awesome list of builders and their projects constructed with FireSmith Tools at the 2018 PGI!



Name: Tim Holcomb
Category: Best Beginner Shell
Description: 3” Cylinder Shell
Results: 6th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: Super Deluxe Spoulette & Insert Set


Name: John Kralik
Category: Best Medium Cylinder Shell
Description: 4” 3-Break plus Bottom Shot
Results: 3rd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: Super Deluxe Spoulette & Insert Set
3/8” Star Plate & Spacer Bars


Name: Tom Niesen
Category: All Stars
Description: 8” Cylinder Shell
FireSmith Tools Used: 1.5” Comet Plate


Name: Tom Niesen
Category: All Stars
Description: 12” Ball Shell
FireSmith Tools Used: 1” Comet Plate


Name: Tom Niesen
Category: All Stars
Description: 12” Multi-Break Sun & Planets (125lbs!)
FireSmith Tools Used: 1.5” Comet Plate


Name: Doug Mills
Category: Unlimited Girandola
Description: 24 inch frame with 12- 3 pound drivers
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 3lb Super BP End Burn Rocket Set


Name: Tom Dimock
Category: Best Large Girandola Description: Girandola started as a vertical wheel which then changes orientation and flies
Results: 4th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: ¼” Star Plate


Name: Rob Berquist III
Category: Best Medium Rocket Motor
Description: White Strobe Rocket
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
3lb Strobe Tooling


Name: Rob Berquist III
Category: Best Medium Rocket
Description: Whistle with 6” Shell
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press


Name: SethBerquist
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: White Strobe Rocket
Results: 4th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
1lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
1lb Tube Support


Name: SethBerquist
Category: Best Small Rocket
Description: BP rocket with 3” shell header
Results: 3rd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
1lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
1lb Tube Support


Name: Rob Berquist (the elder)
Category: Best Medium Rocket Motor
Description: BP nozzled 3lb with gold-silver glitter delay
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
3lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
3lb Tube Support


Name: Rob Berquist (the elder)
Category: Best Medium Rocket
Description: BP nozzleless 3lb with gold-silver glitter delay & 4” canister shell
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
3lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
3lb Tube Support


Name: Rob Berquist (the elder)
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: Red chuffer
Results: 6th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
1lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
1lb Tube Support


Name: Rob Berquist (the elder)
Category: Best Small Rocket
Description: Benzoate whistle with 3” peanut shell header
Results: 6th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press
1lb Super BP Core Burn tooling
1lb Tube Support


Name: Mark Wallick
Category: Aerial Level 2
Description: 4" red peony ball shell
4" red & blue bow tie ball shell
4" pink jellyfish ball shell
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 3/8” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Mark Wallick
Category: Best Exhibition Ball Shell
Description: 3-10” Hello Kitty Pattern Shells
Results: 16th – 17th – 19th Places
FireSmith Tools Used: 3/8” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Steve Hubing
Category: Best Large Cylinder Shell
Description: 6” 4-Break Maltese
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 5/8” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Steve Hubing
Category: Best Large Exhibition Shell
Description: 7” 4-Break Maltese
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 5/8” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Joel Harmon
Category: Best Medium Large Cylinder Shell
Description: 5” 2-Break
Results: 5th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 5/8” & ¾” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Joel Harmon
Category: Best Large Cylinder Shell
Description: 6” 3-Break
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 5/8” & 1/2” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Joel Harmon
Category: All Stars
Description: 6” Gold Firefly Timed Hammer with Bottom Shot
FireSmith Tools Used: 3/4” Star Plate & Spacers


Name: Stephanie Fudurich
Category: Aerial Level 1 Beginner
Description: 4-3” Single Break Cylinder Shells
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: ¼” & 3/16” Extra Deep Star Plates


Name: Scott Anderson (Lifetime Master)
Category: Rocket Level 3
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, Various Rocket Tools & Tube Supports


Name: Scott Anderson (Lifetime Master)
Category: Aerial Level 6
Results: 1st Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, Various Comet Pumps & Star Plates


Name: Jeannie Hubing
Category: Aerial Level 4
Description: 8” Ball Shells
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press


Name: Jeannie Hubing
Category: Best Medium Large Ball Shell
Description: 6” Ball Shells
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press


Name: Ashley Horneck
Category: Best Small Girandola
Description: Multi stage Girandola containing sixteen 8oz BP drivers, two 8oz BP horizontal motors and two 2lb end burner motors for a Caduceus rocket final effect.
Results: 3rd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 2lb Super BP End Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Ashley Horneck
Category: Best Large Girandola
Description: Multi stage Girandola containing thirty-two 8oz BP drivers, two 8oz BP horizontal motors and two 2lb end burner motors for a Caduceus rocket final effect.
Results: 1st Place & First Time 'B' Competitor
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 2lb Super BP End Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Ashley Horneck
Category: Rocket Level 1
Description: 8oz Rockets
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 8oz Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Ashley Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Rocket
Results: 16th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press


Name: Ashley Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Core Burn Rocket
Results: 8th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Carol Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Core Burn Rocket
Results: 9th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Dick Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Core Burn Rocket
Results: 12th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press , 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Alex Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Core Burn Rocket
Results: 5th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press , 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Alex Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket Motor
Description: 1lb Whistle Burn Rocket
Results: 13th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press , 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Dave Horneck
Category: Best Wheel
Description: 8oz End Burn
Results: 5th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press


Name: Dave Horneck
Category: Best Small Girandola
Description:  Girandola with eight 2lb BP drivers and two 2lb BP End Burners for a
Caduceus rocket final effect
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 2lb Super BP End Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Dave Horneck
Category: Best Large Girandola
Description: Multi stage Girandola with sixteen 2lb BP drivers and two 2lb BP End Burners for a Caduceus rocket final effect
Results: 2nd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 2lb Super BP End Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Dave Horneck
Category: Rocket Level 1
Description:  8oz end burner, 8oz core burner & 8oz whistle
Results: 3rd Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 8oz Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


Name: Dave Horneck
Category: Best Small Rocket
Description:  1lb Whistle
Results: 4th Place
FireSmith Tools Used: 14.4 Ton Press, 1lb Super BP Core Burn Rocket Tools


CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

Simply the highest quality tooling for fireworks construction... period. But, don't take our word for it, listen to what our customers are saying


I am in absolute love with my star plate and my 1.75 Comet Pump. They are so pretty I don't want to get them dirty! Works of art! -Steve


I got my order and I had to put my sunglasses on when I took them outside! They are too pretty to use. The 3lb set works like a dream!!! -Greg 


The tools are absolutely fantastic!  Now if I can just create some time to put them into production life will be grand. -Doug


The pumps arrived in perfect condition.  Very clever design.  We used the pumps with a willow type comet formula yesterday and they worked great.  -John 


Tools made it and look and work fantastic. Thanks for the tools, they are awesome! -Rob


Received the 1/2  incher today. It's a beauty! -Harold


My 1.75" comet pump made it in great shape!  Thanks again! -Bryan


I just finished pressing out my first stars with my new plates and I LOVE it!   -Lee


Hi Ben, I just got it this morning. It all looks great, I'm excited to try it out this week. Thanks, -Jason


It looks real good. Nice work! -Dan


Everything came in perfect!  Thanks, it's beautiful. -Blue


The pump worked great. Thanks for the fast service and excellent product. Nice job on them. -Peter


Got the plate couple days ago.. It arrived in excellent condition. I've used it and I'm very satisfied in the workmanship of this tool. Thanks much.. -Joe 


These are BEAUTIFUL tools! Thanks again -Mark


The star plates were delivered late yesterday - just opened them up - NICE! -Tim 


The aluminum tools worked great for the class and John was blown away with the brass set - thanks so much!  Great work. -Kurt 


I got the tooling in yesterday. Wow, that was fast. Excellent looking stuff. I cant wait to put them to work!  Thanks again, -Blake


I would like to say publicly that the 3/4" star plate I bought from you is top quality. I was very impressed with the workmanship. -Tom


Your tools look amazing, thanks you so much, I just got them today. I cant wait to try them out. Cheers mate, -Will


Nice work on this tooling. You have the quality and ability to make top notch tooling. Just wanted you to know THANK YOU for this quality tool. -Mike


Had the tooling super fast on Saturday! From not existing like on Tuesday or Wednesday that's pretty impressive. Looks great too. Thanks again,  -Doug


They look great.  Thanks.  You do a great job.  -John


Just want to let everyone know that I just received my tools from Ben and they are gorgeous. Going to get more through him soon. -Gianluca


Yes the contents arrived in good shape. They look excellent and very well crafted. It's going to be a well fitting item in my tool collection. Thanks again. -Joe 


I drooled on it first thing as I was admiring your craftsmanship! -Noye

The tooling is really great by the way.  Really well made stuff. -Gregg