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2006  Class List

As Big as a Barn Door   photo
Rod Beamguard     Vancouver, Washington
Prepare (and decorate) a kite skin 54” x 57”, according to specifications Rod will provide prior to the conference (tail and bag instructions also included). Class time will focus on all construction details, finishing, and the unusual, 5-point bridle based on the original, traditional kite.
Painted Silk Kite   photo 
Dave and Diane Butler      Tigard, Oregon
The morning session will be devoted to using Diane’s latest, trouble-free techniques with silk paints (plan a design or choose one provided in class). Spend the afternoon following David’s thorough sewing and “sticking” instructions to turn your painted silk into a simple Ohashi variant kite.
Let’s Go Trapping   photo  
Deb Cooley     Lincoln City, Oregon
Make the “Trapadella”, John Gabby’s spinoff (great in light wind) of a della Porta kite. Choose one of Deb’s simple appliqué or pieced designs for your 41” or 54” kite (with a 30 or 40 foot long tail).
Flag Kite   photo 
Ralf Dietrich     Frederiksvaerk, Denmark
Ralf’s stunning 185cm. x 150cm. variation on a diamond kite will be easy to build as well as to fly. Choose a
surface design suited to your level of skill, and try Ralf’s masterful kitebuilding techniques.

Kinetic Kite  photo
Mark Engbaum     Renton, Washington
Students will follow the steps in constructing a novel, 47” x 20” creature that undulates as it flies! This kite
is Mark’s modified version of Yukio Akiyama’s modern concept.


Twisted Log Cabin Square Diamond   photo
John Freeman     Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Arrange wedges of fabric, in your choice of any colors, to create a pleasing and unique 5 foot square kite skin. Then construct a simple kite that, with its three long fuzzy tails, will fly in an extremely wide range of winds.
Blue Bird of Happiness Parade Kite   photo   
Kathy Goodwind     Seattle, Washington
Kathy’s little bird kite was developed for Seattle’s Fremont Fair Solstice Parade. Students will pick colors, cut components, assemble and embellish 18-24” kites, which they’ll fasten to tapered tether poles.
Donzella’s “Monobloc”    photo  
Falk Hilsenbek     Frankweiler, Germany
This extraordinary French box kite was designed by Roch Donzella in 1911, and Falk has reproduced it in authentic materials. Students will also recreate the historic kite using wood, cotton and metal, with hemp rope.
One Hour (or less) Kites!  photo  
Sam Huston     Kent, Washington
Sam’s found some surefire fliers that are easy to share with “kids” of all ages. Use plastic film, tape and tubing connectors, and wooden dowels to make one or several types (box, delta and Eddy kites from 1.5 to 3 feet), and see simple ideas for decoration!.
Japanese Kites Demystified  photo
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Drawing from his extensive knowledge of Japanese kite designs and traditions, Dan will show and discuss materials
and the diversity and origins of kite shapes, with an emphasis on the Edo and rectangular kite family (including
Shirone giant kite battles) and rokkakus. Japanese bridling techniques will be covered, and time permitting, Dan’s
know-how may be applied to assorted “needy” kites!

Odd-Shape Japanese-Style Kites  photo
Dan Kurahashi     Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Experiment with typical Japanese kitemaking materials (paper and bamboo) and techniques to invent new kite shapes based on traditional styles.
North American Style Competition Fighter Kite   photo 
Bruce and Donna Lambert     Yakima, Washington
Use Bruce’s simple techniques for even the most difficult aspects of construction to complete either a light-wind or a faster, medium-wind fighter kite of black Orcon or blue, red, black, gold or prismatic poly film, carbon rod and bamboo. Various easy techniques for creating appealing decorations will be available, and you’ll learn to bridle,
adjust, tune and fly (weather permitting).

Light Lines and Shadows, the Diamond Box   photo 
Tom McAlister     Richmond, California
Tom imparts a sense of design, detail and precision in a project designed just for this conference. Participants will use carbon and fine paper to build this 18” x 34”, collapsible kite - a dynamic whole composed of seven or nine simple base units.
Painting with Acrylics on Ripstop   photo 
Don Mock     Ruston, Washington
See and try Don’s techniques and materials for successfully painting on ripstop, and end up with a one-of-a-kind kite skin in the process (see class #22).
Making the Ohashi “Kaku Dako”   photo    
Don Mock     Ruston, Washington
Bring your painting from class #10, or fabric you decorate in advance (80cm x 120cm “cut size”), and Don will show how to turn it into his adaptation of (Eiji) Ohashi’s easy-flying rectangle.
Ripstop ‘n More   
Sharon Musto     Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Gain experience and confidence to enable creativity in interpreting your ideas. Sharon introduces mixing materials
(fabric, screening mesh, clear film, cord, beads, feathers, etc.) to communicate meaning in the surface design of your
choice of kite design (diamond, lozenge, hata, or “della Porta”).
Beginning Sewing  photo
Gerry Pennell     Olympia, Washington
Go from “I want to sew” to “I can do this!” Gerry introduces inexperienced sewers to the tools and techniques needed for basic sewing, with an emphasis on kites. Exercises to familiarize students with their machines are followed by a simple kite or windsock project.
Play with José the Appliqué Way  photo    
José Sainz     San Diego, California
José teaches his own refined appliqué methods for putting “artwork” on nylon ripstop material. Participants will make his unusual, 4’ winged kite with a simple appliquéd sail.
“Corona” Kite Variant
Randy Shannon     Flagstaff, Arizona
Construct a “pretty-in-the-sky”, taller version of a Guatemalan kite, complete with “perimeter” tail. Made of matchstick bamboo, string and colorful tissue paper, this kite is inexpensive, therapeutic and 100% biodegradable! Though not collapsible, this ~16” x 20” kite should fit in “carry-on” luggage.
Replica Roi des airs  (King of the Airs) Kite    photo    
Bob and Charmayne Umbowers     Gig Harbor, Washington
A prizewinning 1911-12 kite, known in its time for stable, high angle and altitude flight, is adapted here with modern materials. Like the original, the red and white replica (with French tri-color rosette) is 1 meter high by 1.8 meter wide, but replacing cotton and bamboo are ripstop, carbon and fiberglass, with suitable details, attachments and rigging.