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

  • Evaluating Kite Performance: When one acquires several kites, it is likely that one or two will be more favored and get the most flying time. While it is normal to have favorites, the reasons why this is so may not be easy to understand or express in words. The purpose of this article is to try to explain what makes some kites favored over others. There are three basic ways to evaluate a kite: by objective means, by subjective means, or both. First, the objective, or non-judgmental-seven methods in all.
  • Reading Istvan Bodoczky's small, elegant volume titled Hidden Symmetry proves to me the value of individual expression in kite-making. Istvan explains in the preface that his recent works "have irregular asymmetric outlines" and that "I make line drawings first, and only later decide which lines will be 'real'(painted) and which ones will be 'only' part of the physical structure."
  • Patents are a "damned if you do and damned if you don't" for kite designers. They take huge amounts of time (which I'd rather spend kitemaking), they are horrendously expensive, like more than US$ 50,000 for just a few core countries (plus at least the same again in a defense fund to establish credibility), and, even after considerable investment, won't necessarily be granted or be defensible because of legal vagaries.
  • It may not look like much, but the shop complex displaying kites in the Jodphur bazaar (above) constitutes one of the largest hand-made kite manufacturing operations in the world. Jodphur is in India's desert state of Rajasthan. Working in a warren of dark, cramped spaces, the Baylim family and some 20 employees produce upwards of four million Indian fighter kites yearly. Using colored paper, bamboo and glue, the workers turn out the kites assembly line-style, with each doing just a designated portion of the cutting, bending, and pasting.
  • Now that they've proved the worth of kites in atmospheric research, Drs. Ben Balsley and Mike Jensen of the University of Colorado have set themselves a new challenge: they want to fly higher than ever before. Much higher, in fact, in order to open new vistas for their work. It's a logical next step for them and they feel they have the technology to do it.