The tools necessary are the following: A table of hard-wood, and a mallet, also of hard-wood, for pounding. But a wooden hammer, such as is used in charging rockets, may be employed in default of a mallet.

Some skimmers of various sizes, for picking up and for mixing the different compositions. These should be made from sheets of brass, very thin, with a length of 4 or 5 inches and a width of about 3 inches.

A hare's foot, to be used in connection with the skimmers for picking up compositions. A table, for the molding.

Three or four brushes, of various sizes, made of hog's bristles, for pasting.

Some larger brushes of hog's bristles, for use with glue and for moistening with water. A hand saw, for trimming the large cases. A large knife, for trimming small cases and for cutting pasteboard.

Scissors, both big and small, for trimming pots and small cases. A perfumer's drum, equipped with screens as follows: Three screens of silk gauze:

The first of a very close tissue which is used to separate the finest particles of powder, and also the iron dust, when making sand after the Chinese method.

The second a little more open, for passing sulphur, saltpeter, and iron of the first order.

The third of still larger mesh, for passing sand of the second order. Three screens of horsehair:

The first of a close tissue, for passing charcoal, and for sand of the third order. A second less close, for passing coarser charcoal, and for sand of the fourth order. A pair of balances, of a size to hold 2 pounds of composition. Weights running from a half gros up to 2 pounds. Some boxes closing with a sliding lid, of the sort used by grocers, for holding the screened materials and the various compositions.

Two spoons of wood, or of tin, for taking materials out of their receptacles.

Three small kegs, in which to keep separately saltpeter, sulphur, and charcoal, after these have been crushed.

A cask for powder, containing 10 to 12 pounds.

Rocket molds of different sizes, together with bases for these, on which are mounted spindles, or piercers.

A rolling stick.

Three wooden tubes.

A loading stick.

A mallet.

A loading spoon, which contains the measure of each charge of the composition.

A mold for forming the pot.

Bases with spindles, for charging serpents and jets; and also bases with spindles for loading table rockets and other fireworks.

A rolling stick.

A loading stick.

Small mallet, for making fire lances.

Two molds of different sizes, for forming stars.

Three awls, for piercing rockets.

A longer awl, for piercing fire pots; and one much shorter, for piercing marrons and saucissons.

Gimlets of different sizes, for piercing table rockets and other pieces.

A compass and square, for measuring diameters and lengths.

A large screw staple, which is placed in a wooden post to assist in the process of choking cases.

A plane, for reducing the size of rocket sticks when they are too heavy.

Flat pincers.

A tin pot, for heating glue in the boiler.

A cast-iron anvil and two sledges of the same material, for making iron sand.

An assortment of strings of different sizes, for choking and tying the various pieces:

An assortment of pasteboard, and other paper of various qualities.

A plane table, for tracing the dimensions of cubical cases.

A sack, for holding rockets.

A metal mortar and two pestles, one of metal, the other of wood.

A locksmith's vise.

A wooden grater, and a number of files.

The tools last mentioned are for no specific use in the making of fireworks, but they are handy oftentimes, and it would be difficult to do without them.