Kite Biographies


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Teruaki Tsutsumi

Until his death in the late 1990s, resident kitemaker of the Tokyo Kite Museum, Teruaki Tsutsumi, made beautiful tomi-dako. The...
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Teruo Suga

Teruo Suga is a charming kitemaker, who specializes in miniature kites. On our last meeting, I learned that the Edo-period name for miniature...
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Tetsuya Kishida

Tetsuya Kishida is one of the Kunstdrachen (Art Kites of Dr. Paul Eubel) kite builders. Among his accomplishments, he has built a fully...
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Thom Shanken

Thom has been a longtime kite enthusiast working from his upstate New York home, and has taken kites to an unexpected audience; re-enactors of...
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Til Krapp

An accomplished kite maker in his own right, Til worked with fellow German, Peter Malinski, to develop refined hardware specifically for kites....
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Tokuko Sato

The diminutive Mrs. Sato is an accomplished expert when it comes to the traditional arts of Japan. She is a master in the arts of dance, song,...
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Tom Crouch

One of the United States’ leading aviation historians, Tom is an active advocate of saving kite history. He is a noted biographer of the...
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Tom Jeckel

Energetic, creative, adventuresome, Jeckel has been a kite businessman, but pursues artistic aspects of the sport; photography, video, underwater...
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Tom McAllister

Organizer of the very successful and long-running Berkeley Kite Festival, Tom is also an accomplished kite maker, specializing in finely crafted...
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Tom Sisson

One of the original members of Washington State’s active kite community of the 60s and beyond, Tom was a tireless teacher and workshop...
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