Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • Tony Rice of Brisbane, Australia, has for years been able to live and thrive largely by giving kite workshops. Teaching all ages, he spreads joy wherever he goes. His secret is his outgoing nature.  An artist at the age of 16, he studied painting and pottery, and in that quirky but wonderful moment of life, he discovered kites. Read more in this 2005 article from the Drachen Foundation Kite Journal.
  • After dallying with kites for seven or eight years, I got seriously hooked in 1983 when I walked into Reza Ragheb’s Hi Fli Kites, a store in Aurora. Very shortly thereafter, I picked up a Saturday Evening Post and saw the shocking back-page photograph of Steve Edeiken being lifted by a huge kite on the Northwest Coast. Steve’s shocking death sent a wave through the kite world and gave us sobering insight into the power and danger of these behemoths. 
  • On July 7th, I made a presentation on “The Kite Flying Tradition in Nepal” followed by a kite making workshop and demonstration of flying Nepali fighter kites at The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Literatures, Religions and Arts of the Himalayan Region at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA. Professor Todd T. Lewis, Department of Religious Studies, Holy Cross College, was director of the Summer Institute. The participants were high school teachers from various states of the United States. 
  • Some Greek said that if an Ox drew a picture of God it would look like and Ox. Perceptive for 2,500 years ago, I thought, and also I thought that it's time my writings became a bit less serious again. But then I thought, like hell they should, this having fun is a serious business. "I look through a glass darkly, etc." Ah, to know the future. What will be the standard kite surfing kite five years from now? The Big Question!
  • Mr. P. Poirier spoke of towing bicycles with the help of kites. Having had several experiences with this concept ourselves, we believe that making our results known will be useful to our readers. The idea to use kites for the traction of vehicles is not new. It is only necessary to refer to Mr. Lecornu's book to find the story, sufficiently documented, of the first experiences of this type which took place in England (Pocock's car in 1828), and then during Colonel (then Captain) Cody's 1903 crossing of the English Channel in a canoe pulled by a cell kite.