Fire-gear offers equipment for firedancing, especially poi (chains), but also finger wands, staves, and batons. My wicks are engineered to be light but durable, and my hand attachments are designed and fabricated for security and comfort. I use an eclectic variety of materials in the interest of maximum performance, and am constantly looking for ways to improve my products. I test all of my poi designs with a static 50-pound (23 kg) load, which is much more than you should encounter even under heavy use.
I also believe that you should understand exactly what you are getting, so I have documented the recipes for my products. Yes, this means you can make them yourself, but bear in mind that it may wind up costing you more in terms of time and one-off expenses. If you want to do it, go for it–making your own equipment is very satisfying. I hope my recipes will be useful to you, and perhaps if you have any improvements, you will share them with me.
Fire-gear is a one-man operation run by Adam Rice, with some specialized work ably handled by a couple of friends. I got into this business first by making wicks for a friend, then branching out into making other types of equipment, and making it for other people here in Austin. Eventually I documented how I make this equipment on the web, and started getting requests from people elsewhere. So I have decided to go legit, and this micro-business is the result.
I am always on the lookout for new fabrication techniques, new varieties of firedancing apparatus, and so on. If you have any custom requests, I’ll try to work something out for you. I’m also always interested in feedback from customers on what they like, what they don’t like, what can be improved.