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

  • Our country is built on competition: winning and losing defines success in sports, business, and daily life. We can become blinded by winning, sacrificing our family life for business success, or "taking the money" while sacrificing honor and ethics. Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, reminded us of the honor in simply playing the game. His central character, Charlie Brown, the penultimate loser, always came back to play the game again. In almost fifty years, Charlie won one baseball game, never kicked that field goal, and snagged his kite in countless trees.
  • This is a report on an attempt to measure line tension on various types of kites when in the air, and at various windspeeds, to determine if there were any correlations with size, weight, or type of kite. The results were not as expected.
  • "...Experimenting with large kites is not without its humorous phases, and a day or two after the experiment with the dummy 'Jimmy' and incident occurred which, though ridiculous, well nigh resulted seriously. The same kites that bore the dummy had been sent up about two hundred feet, when the two men who were assisting me went for another kite, leaving me alone at the windlass. Noticing that the rope was in danger of being cut by the cogs, I put on the brake, and passing around to the front, bore down on the rope, which did not appear to be under great strain.
  • In addition to his large, choice collection of kites from around the world, Scott Skinner, president of the Drachen Foundation, has amassed a comprehensive trove of kite art. Included are prints by Japanese masters Hiroshige and Hokusai, paintings, postage stamps, drawings, cartoons, porcelains, enameled pins, emblazoned clothing, photographs, videos and a vast collection of printed material. He also collects kite flying paraphernalia from around the globe, particularly Asia, such as line, winders, tools, and the raw materials used in kite construction.
  • Between the years 1882 and 1994, a total of 100 patents were issued by the German Patent Office for kites and kite accessories. This averages about one patent per year, approximately the same number of patents issued by the British Patent Office for English patents over a period of years. In contrast, the U.S. Patent Office issued an average of six to seven patents per year from 1886 to 1998, indicating a much greater interest in kiting in America than in those two European countries.