The exciting difference between Discourse and our previous publication, the Journal, is that articles come from anyone and anywhere in the world. Rather than passing through the Journal editorial filter that began with Ben Ruhe, articles for Discourse are left, to the greatest extent possible, in the original words of the writers. In this issue we have voices from Argentina, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the United States.
The subjects covered span the gamut of the contemporary kite scene, from workshops with underprivileged children to commissioning of the new World’s Largest Kite. We learn more about the long tradition of kites in Nepal and experience one man’s environmental art.
But I have to mention the article by Dieter Dehn from Germany
. Dieter presented the essence of this paper to the Historical Kite Workshop in Apeldoorn, Netherlands this spring, and he made our jaws drop! For all of us who thought that Gilbert Totten Woglom was a minor contributor to the American kite scene, and that William Eddy’s Malay kite was the “bright shining star” of the time, Dieter demands that we reconsider. Nuances of Eddy’s kite design were advanced by Woglom and the patents of their kites are eerily similar. Could it be that the famous Eddy kite in the Smithsonian collection is really more a Woglom than Eddy? Wonderful food for thought.