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

  • My admiration for the female of our species is increasing every day. At the Thailand International Kite Festival with the Mega Ray, Clyde Cook and I were being our usual obnoxious selves about attending the opening and closing ceremonies, and about getting up for breakfast at 7:30 (so as to be ready to leave for the field at 9:30 so that we can sit there and wait for the wind to arrive at 11:30 and the public at 1:30), and things like that. Well, we met our match this time. A young lady from the Thai Tourism Authority soon had us sorted.
  • Traveling. There are lots of tricks. One of the requirements of going to international kite festivals from New Zealand is that the baggage allowance of 140 pounds (64 kilos) is for kites alone----that is, no superfluous things like anchors or little tents to store gear, beer, and hide in. And definitely no room for clothes and personal things, which have to all fit in a carry-on bag along with a few heavy but non-metallic things like 200 yards of flying line.
  • A couple of vintage car enthusiasts arrived with a very interesting challenge one weekend. They had secured the rights to make an official replica of the first motorcar, Carl Benz’s single cylinder three-wheeler of l886---from 15 pounds of plans duly received from Mercedes-Benz. It took 14 months to build. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t run.
  • In an experiment, C.W. Post, the breakfast food millionaire, once tried to produce rainfall on his Texas ranch by using 20 kites to hoist 150 sticks of dynamite into the air, where they were simultaneously detonated. The arid blue sky remained blue. No rain fell.
  • In order to widen the audience for its collection of French language kite material, some of it rare and unusual, the Drachen Foundation hired Rebekah Pape of Seattle Pacific University to survey and organize the holding. Over the course of several months last year, she indexed books, journals, magazines, photographs, and drawings.