Reflections – Fanning the Flames: Wildfire and Pyrotechnic Claims

Thanks to those of you who attended Jeff Berino’s class at last Friday’s Colorado Claims Association event.  We had a great time at the show and teaching our “Fanning the Flames: Wildfire and Pyrotechnic Claims” class.  We found this quote on another blog this morning and wanted to share it with those of you interested in pyrotechnics.  It is a scribbling by a late member of the Pyrotechnics Guild International that was found by his wife after his death…it truly sums up the emotion of pyrotechnics.

The 2008-09 Melbourne NYE fireworks, as seen f...

Have a great Monday!

“I often use the word “joy” when describing fireworks.

It is a considered word, deliberate in choice. Not just amusement, entertainment, or astonishment, but joy.

Our art makes us all into children again for awhile. We become one in our experience for the moment, lost in the sound and color and light.

We see large forces, stronger than we could ever be, yet beautiful in their effects. Sometimes violent, sometimes restrained. Delicate beyond imagination at times, coarse and rude at others.

Deadly force, dangerous, dirty stuff. Crafted with sweat. Controlled by the artist. Bringing joy to many. Bringing joy.

To me the art encompasses all of life. Pain and work, plan and mistake, joy and tragedy.

For all the pain, injury and failure we suffer, our efforts bring the joy – the magic – to thousands.

Not a bad return.

Though very few ever recognize the effort, nearly all remember the result, and all have, for a few moments, the Joy.

The world is better for an instant. What more could one want?”

–Reflections by Bill Withrow 9/15/92

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