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

  • 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.
  • Tiny kites have long been a specialty of Charlie Sotich, of Chicago. “Miniature kites are my passion, ” he says. “They are easy to build, cheap—pennies apiece—and I can give them away. My friends are happy and I’m happy they’re happy. Sail: .00015 Mylar film or thin plastic bag Spars: Vertical—bamboo 1/32 by 1/32 inches or less Cross—1/50 by 1/50 inch bamboo for 9" side; .010- .012 D. cedar for 8" side Glue: Water soluble contact cement to attach spars to sail (try Elmer’s Premium Q Neoprene thinned by about 10%) Flyline: Thin thread
  • William Abner Eddy grew up in Illinois where his father, a clergyman, encouraged him to investigate the sciences and keep notes, an essential habit for documenting one’s work. As a young man Eddy lived in New York. After marrying Cynthia S. Huggins (1856-1922) in 1887, Eddy and his wife moved to Bayonne, New Jersey, a quiet town at the time. Eddy had relatives living in Bayonne, one of them being his greatuncle, Gen. Abner Doubleday, who, in 1861, as an artillery captain, returned fire for the Union after Confederate troops began the Civil War by bombarding Fort Sumter.
  • From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban government in Afghanistan outlawed kite flying, calling it “un-Islamic.” After the fall of the Taliban in late 2001, kites began to return. In 2003, Tom Jeckel helped produce 10,000 sled kites from ripstop nylon for children in Kabul. United Nations peace troops distributed the kites to local schools. For more information on this effort: middle-east/afghanistan/