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

  • There is no more elegant pastime than kiteflying, nor one of wider adaptation. The sport may be pursued in all weathers except violent storms. A kite may be flown from a hilltop, a housetop or a plain, or from any kind of watercraft, as it idly floats or swiftly rushes over the wide seas. The most active of boys does not find kiteflying too tame, for him, neither is it unsuitable for girls, who are quite likely to excel the boys in the skillful construction of the toy; while guiding this creature of the sky is not less elegant than leading a pet dog of freakish behavior.
  • I occasionally rant on about those who take the path of least resistance in product development by copying and developing from proven designs rather than blundering about looking for breakthroughs —not that innovation needs to be completely happen chance, not since the systematization of the experimental process anyway. Well, before someone calls me out for hypocrisy I confess that not all development work we do here in Ashburton is of the fundamental type; the incremental approach is important also, and to an increasing extent as kiteflying activities mature.
  • There’s no organization, no schedule, no events, few spectators. It’s not a festival. It’s just Fano— an annual gathering of many thousands of kite makers and fliers, mostly European, on nine miles of Danish hard sand beach during a week in June. Vehicles can be driven right out onto the sand and there they are used as staging points as fliers fly their kites, meet friends, and party. An island in the North Sea, Fano is well north (on a level with Copenhagen), so the sun doesn’t really set in the summer and flying goes on around the clock.
  • With financial assistance from the Drachen Foundation, the Royal Aeronautical Society of England is conserving its unique collection of Lawrence Hargrave material. An Anglo-Australian, Hargrave was a l9th century aeronautics pioneer whose fame largely rests on his invention of the box kite in l893.
  • Open now for almost two years, the Drachen Foundation’s headquarters in Seattle’s charming Queen Anne community of small speciality shops and comfortable houses has fitted right into the neighborhood. It combines a low key presence there with a notable efficiency of operation.