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

  • Because the Alexander Graham Bell tetrahedral kite is completely modular, you can change the shape every time you put one together. That's what makes it such a fascinating kite.
  • Taking advantage of the electronic communications age, the Alexander Graham Bell Institute at University College of Cape Breton, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, several years ago decided to make available on a worldwide basis the vast trove of Bell material on file at the Bell Museum in nearby Baddeck. Baddeck is where Bell had his estate and laboratories. Ron MacNeil, an engineering instructor, received the assignment and promptly set up a project to index 20,000 of the Bell papers, using students to scan the pages and create an index to be placed on-line.
  • In the late 19th century, dozens of clever scientist around the world sensed that the invention of the airplane was approaching and that kites would be a key element on the road to discovery. Among them was Alexander Graham Bell, rich and famous since the age of 29, after inventing the telephone in 1876.
  • George Peters puts on such an imaginative, memorable performance at kite festivals, he is invited to them all around the world. Within an hour of arriving at a flying field, he will have so many kites flying, banners waving and odd fabric creations mounted in the sand or grass, the observer assumes a team of six people is at work, hardly a lone kiteflier. Peters arrives early and stays later, active all the time.
  • What is almost certainly the first extended English-language essay on Cambodia kites ever written has recently been published by Sim Sarak, director of the Department of Cultural Development of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sarak presented a signed copy of the unique document to the Drachen Foundation at a recent meeting with a free-lance representative of the institution, Ben Ruhe, in Phnom Penh. He also presented the foundation with a prize Kleng Ek kite, the royal kite of his country associated with the ancient Khmer culture.