“Angelina” is a kite I built after being inspired by the works of Olivier Reymond of Switzerland and “kelvin” from the kitebuilder.com forums. I have been looking for a way to transform photographs into easily appliqued images for sometime now and I think I have finally hit on a solution. I have often seen posterized photgraphs of faces and wondered how they were done (Andy Warhol’s work comes to mind). I stumbled across a few tutorials on how to create these images using photoshop and started playing around and coming up with my own method. Continue reading
I built this kite after seeing a post made by Yvon Hache on the Kitebuilder.com forums. The “Double Star” topic is the most popular topic on the forum with over 47 pages of posts. Ferruh Baysu is the designer of this kite and he provided the auto-cad drawings and plans to all the forum members. Continue reading
This kite is an idea I came up with after building a UFO based on Lee Sedgwick’s design. Rich Durant started us off on the “Rang Thang” concept on the kitebuilder.com forums. This kite is built by taking three Rang Thang/UFO kite skins and intersecting them at 60 degrees which creates a trianglular cellular kite. The photo on the left shows the kite with a long fuzzy tail but the kite will fly just as well with out it.
Rich Durant from Oregon posted a topic on the kitebuilder.com forums about Lee Sedgwick’s latest creation, the
YFO(correction Lee emailed me to say that the new kite is called the UFO – Ultimate Fun Object). The UFO took home the most innovative award at the AKA Convention in Seaside Oregon this year. The disc shaped kite/toy is about 46″ in diameter and can be flown in quad-line, single line and no-wind single line configurations. Continue reading
In November 2004 I saw an interesting kite design. The Papillon, designed by Alain Micquiaux and manufactured by Atelier Kites, was being flown by Ted Gaudet, who just returned from the Dieppe International Kite festival in France. I thought this looked great and flew beautifully. The butterfly glides gracefully and if you pull or tug the line the butterfly beats it’s wings gently. Continue reading
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Back in April of this year I started to discover fighter kites; specifically North American fighter kites. First here is a little background on North American Fighters. All fighter kites operate on the same premis when flying the kite the kite will travel in the direction the nose of the kite is pointed. When slack is given to the line the kite will spin. The spinning of the kite allows you to decide when to apply tension to the line and therefore control the direction of flight. So you have complete control over a fast kite with only one line which is really cool, especially if you thought the only way to control the direction of a kite was with two lines…
The Double parasled peaked my interest in the winter of 2003. It has a very nice shape and lends itself fairly well to applique and other design techniques. I cut all the templates for the kite skin but didn’t have a clue what to do for the two main panels. Continue reading
In the spring of 2004 I built this six foot rokkaku for my Company. The Kite was built as a Rokkaku battle kite that I would fly for the 2004 season. Hummingbird Ltd. sponsored that kite and the money is used to subsidize kite building workshops for school aged children in the Halifax area. Continue reading