Iris – The little kite that could

Over the last couple of nights I have been building a new sport kite designed by Stan Kellar of California. The kite is the Iris, it stands about 9″ tall and about 15″ wide.

Stan’s plans were a breeze to follow but it helps if you have some kite building experience before. For example Creating a mini adjustable dynamic-bridle out of sewing thread can be tideuos to say the least. Continue reading →

H.A.R.K. 98 Kite arch

In the early spring of this year I met Gary Mark of the Toronto Kite Fliers. We quickly hit it off and were conversing about all things kite related and in particular Gary’s efforts towards the CKF. During one of our conversations we got on the subject of kite arches and that the TKF had as a club aqquired a number of pre-cut kite arch sails complete with tails and spine. I thought this was a great way to add some color to the clubs weekly fly and also help promote the club. Continue reading →

DragonFly

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…
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4 ft bol

Too help add to my line laundry/ground display and after seeing a few in action; I decided to build a 4 ft spinning bol. The plans I used for the bol are from Ed Hummel.

The plans are pretty straight forward and the gores are easy to plot out given the sample drawing and plot points. I fly my bowl as laundry from my Sutton 30 or staked out as a groud display.

here are some photos.. (My friend Ian is testing it in our work parking lot)

–Bill