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

  • As part of its role in increasing and diffusing knowledge about kites worldwide, the Drachen Foundation maintains a study collection of kites, kite artifacts, and publications related to the sport. A recent and welcome addition to that collection came from the family of Seattle kitemaker Harold Writer, who died last year, aged 88.
  • Reza Ragheb, of Aurora, Colorado, died last April after a brief illness. He was 67. Ragheb won worldwide renown for his beautiful kites and was the mentor of many Southwestern kitefliers, including Scott Skinner, president of the Drachen Foundation, who lived near him. Born in Tehran, Ragheb moved to the U.S. as a teenager, but returned to Iran in l969 to establish a construction machinery business. When the Islamic Revolution occurred 10 years later, he and his family left Iran for good, first to London, then to the U.S.
  • At age 95, with his remarkable mental and physical faculties largely intact, Ed Grauel of Rochester has died of a heart condition. A national treasure of American kiting, Grauel spent 40 years in retirement researching, designing, building, flying, collecting, exhibiting, lecturing, and writing about kites.
  • A calm evening, not even a car anywhere, clouds sailing high up in the sky. Sun shining on the melting stretches of ice. There is just me and my kite gliding from one cloudy pillow to the next. The soil is warm. The sun shines kindly on me. I am just lazily lying on the ground. And up in the blue there is the happy little kite.
  • Two intrepid Belgian explorers conclusively proved the worth of kites while transiting the White Continent, Antarctica. Their 99-day trek is documented in a fine new book titled In the Teeth of the Wind: South to the Pole published in England by Bluntisham Books (bluntisham.books@btinternet.com). At $45 postpaid, the hardback is good value not only because of the crackling text but also its superior photographs, 54 of them.