Category Archives: Kite Workshops

Flight of the Silver Dart Centennial – Rokkaku Workshop

In celebration of Canada’s centennial of flight, this once in 100 years 2 day kite-making workshop is being offered to a limited number of participants on a first come, first served basis. Kite-maker Bill Wilson and fabric artist Anne Morrell will guide this workshop providing the inspiration and expertise required for each participant to design and construct a Rokkaku kite. Rokkaku kites originated in Japan. These 6-sided kites are taller than they are wide and known for their flying ability.

Kite kit included but participants must bring their own basic sewing supplies and sewing machine capable of doing zigzag. Registration Fee: $75.00 A cheque in the amount of $75.00 must accompany your completed registration form (form on opposite side). Supply list to accompany registration confirmation.

Download the brochure and registration form here:
Silver Dart – Rokkaku Workshop registration form

Fled Project Week 3…

I just finished posting the final instructions for the Kitebuilder.com forums Fled workshop

While I was writing the instructions for the workshop I was playing around with Google Sketch Up. Mainly to see if I could create a simple rendering of the fled for use as a colorizer. I ended up going a bit overboard as usual, and while I am no Sketch Up expert I thought this was pretty cool. (I am just impressed that I could build the drogue LOL).

Dieppe Circoflex Workshop – Update

Well Saturday started very early! Up at 5:00 am out the door by 5:30 and starting my 2.5 hour trek to Dieppe, NB. I arrived just after 8:00 am and the Rotary Park club house was buzzing with excited kite builders. It was nice to see everyone again and of course we had some new faces which is always a bonus. All the usual suspects were there I won’t attempt to name everyone because I am sure I will get some names wrong:(. The workshop venue provides a lot of light, plenty of room and a cozy fire place too :) After a little socializing and some breakfast it was time to get down to work. The project of the day was to build a 6 foot Circoflex based on Gary Engvall’s plans. Bernie and Peggy worked tirelessly to create all of the kits and modifications. Bernie even went so far as to build a bag for each kite! The main difference from the plan that Gary provides is the type and number of spars. In the workshop kite we used a continuous piece of fiberglass and in the plan it calls for 5 carbon rods. Using the one piece more flexible spar allows the kite to twist into 4 circles and is stored in a 24″ square bag. So in theory you show up at the field and you pull the circoflex out of it’s hand pouch and voila you are ready to fly! Everyone worked very hard and there was plenty of laughter and happy faces. For some this was their first kite building experience ever and it seemed to go very well from them; great.. They’ll be back for sure. By around 5:00 pm everyone was either finished or just had the bridle left to do, and of course there was no wind for our test flight but that never stops a real kite builder ;)

Great turn out, great people, great kite!!

Thanks to the Dieppe Club for having me and a special thanks to Bernie and Peggy for putting this together!

Check out the pictures here

Dieppe Circoflex Workshop

The Dieppe Sky Lines kite club is hosting a kite building workshop this Saturday. We will be building a 6 foot circoflex based on plans from Gary Engvall. This is becoming quite a nice tradition for the Dieppe club, this will be our 2nd “sewing” based workshop and I think we will have a bout 15 in attendance. Most probably haven’t sewn before but that’s all part of the fun of workshops. I know we won’t be focused on applique for this project, but since I have made a couple of these before I may just spend most of my time on the design and finish the kite at home. I was thinking of taking one of those tattoo designs that goes all the way around your wrist or neck as the pattern. Maybe something like this..

I will be posting photos of the workshop on Saturday night…

–Bill

Dieppe Sky-Lines Rokkaku Workshop

Saturday September 4th was the first Dieppe sky-lines kite club sewn kite workshop. The subject of this workshop was to teach basic kite building and sewing techniques as well as explain and demonstrate different applique methods. Bernie Houle and Peggy MacDonald (or Mr. and Mrs. Mountain Man) organized the workshop and were superb instructors.

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Dieppe Fighter Kite Workshop

I had the opportunity to attend my first “workshop” in Dieppe New Brunswick. This was a simple fighter kite workshop and only my second kite. The kite was built from everyday items like gift wrap, plastic bags, and paper. Everyone had a good time and everyone got to buid a kite!!

Here are some pictures of the event…

–Bill