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

  • 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.
  • Nearly 250 years after Benjamin Franklin flew a kite to sample the electric fields in a Pennsylvania thunderstorm, meteorological kites are again flying high as platforms for scientific research.
  • After dismissing grand plans of travel, warm weather, and raucous New Year's Eve celebrations, I chose to celebrate the first day of 2000 the same way many other kite enthusiasts probably did: by flying kites. We'd had a very mild winter in Colorado, so I decided to drive up to Boulder and fly kites on the top of nearby Bald Mountain. For years, George Peters has invited friends to this scenic spot west of Boulder, to picnic, fly kites, and enjoy nature. He has had all the Colorado winter weather extremes in the last few years: from whiteout snowstorms to bright, sunny, 60-degree days.