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

  • A student of American kite patents, Ed Grauel of Rochester,N.Y., has expanded his research into kite creativity elsewhere in the Western world. On behalf of the Drachen Foundation, he has now: -prepared a definitive listing of all Australian kite patents from the first one issued in 1900 through 1997; -read and summarized the 59 English kite patents issued from 1911 through 1965 (it would be very difficult to check the 800,000 patents issued prior to 1911 to determine which, if any, covered kites);
  • The sport of falconry-using falcons, hawks or eagles to catch game-has been in existence for several thousand years. Its traditions and techniques were established early on and have continued virtually unaltered over the centuries. Something innovative has recently changed the sport for the better-the use of high-flying kites for training purposes. And the inventor of the technique, Dr. David Scarbrough, of Fairfax, Missouri, remembers the very moment of his inspiration.
  • Having studied the "Pictures for the Sky" catalogue, I found the reality of the large exhibition surprising. What you don't get from looking at the book is scale. The kites in the exhibit are generally quite big. You don't get to see kites as big in Japan very often. Longing to see the exhibit for years, I caught up with it finally in Luxembourg last year, where the organizer, Dr.Paul Eubel, is directing the Goethe Institute-Germany's cultural equivalent of the United States Information Agency.
  • A lawyer by training, Dr.Paul Eubel changed his career in mid-stream from being Germany's leading contemporary expert on the Japanese legal system to a cultural affairs officer representing his country in Japan. He got himself posted to Osaka to head the Goethe Institute there, Germany's equivalent of the United States Information Agency.
  • The role of kites in the development of the first manned, powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer of 1903, has become clearer through the work of Ken Hyde and Rick Young. The Virginia pair and their dedicated team-known collectively as the Wright Experience-are busy constructing every one of the development flying machines made by the Wrights over the years so they can celebrate the centennial of flight in the year 2003 in real style. Where else to fly this squadron than the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where the epochal first four powered flights were carried out?