For a long while when I first started into pyrotechnics I avoided rocketry. It was not that I found rockets less enjoyable to watch than other forms of pyrotechnics, I simply believed they required a large array of expensive tools and therefore passed them over because I was more interested in spending that money on chemicals for building big and impressive shells.
It took years of envying others who could build rockets and watching the soft lift into the sky before I realized that I preferred shells lifted in that manner to those that are blasted out of a mortar. That realization forced me to reconsider rocketry as something I would like to experiment with.
I was still unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars on commercially made tooling for something I wasn’t even sure if I would enjoy, so my only option was to make tooling myself. Black powder rockets are the safest type of rocket to make and use, and the simplest to perfect, so they proved to be the best type to start with. The tooling I designed and the method in which it is used can be seen demonstrated in the video below:
Now onto how to make the tooling...