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

  • Should a tail be long and narrow, or short and fat? Should it be attached directly to the kite itself, or at at some distance away from the kite? Does it make any difference anyhow? To get some answers, I made up four conventional 36-inch diamond-shaped flat kites exactly alike and in the same ripstop material. Then I made four tails 4 inches by 15 feet long, also of ripstop. The surface area of the tail was determined by trial and error to allow the kites to stay in the air at least a 15 mile an hour wind.
  • Because of Indonesia's current problems, the decision to hold the festival in the beautiful town of Sanur, Bali could not be made until two weeks before the starting date. At such short notice, less than a dozen international participants were able to join in the mid-year event. Guests came from Brunei, Singapore, Japan, France, Austria, Holland, and the U.S. Bali itself was more than well represented.
  • In continuous operation since 1885, the Blue Hill Observatory near Boston had a rebirth this spring as a weather museum and science center. After a $1.3 million renovation, it reopened to the public with private educational foundation status. Blue Hill almost from its inception had been associated with Harvard University but that connection was severed some years ago in a cost-cutting move by the university.
  • THE COMPETITION: The Chulas and Pakpaos engage in an annual battle of the sexes at Sanam Luang, the Royal Parade Grounds next to and directly north of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Kiteflying from March 15 to April 15 is the time when winds-"kite winds"-blow from the south. The due north orientation of the venue and the way the winds blow over the palace provide excellent flying conditions.
  • The collection of Thai royal kites Ron Spaulding of Bangkok put together for The Drachen Foundation is notable because it is the first time the Foundation has gone out and actively sought to obtain a comprehensive collection of kites from a given tradition, complete with all the accessories used to fly them, the tools to craft them, as well as samples of native materials used in their manufacture.