2019 Fort Worden
Kitemakers Conference Instructors
for the 2019 conference have been set and it is another great slate! Mark
your calendar now for March 14 - 17, 2019.
kite makers have accepted an invitation to teach at the 2019 Fort Worden
Kitemakers Conference: Robert Brasington, Rod Beamguard, Phil Broder, Beth
Gouldin, Chris Hanson, Lindsey Johnson, Carveth Kramer, Dan Kurahashi,
Barbara Meyer, Gerry Pennell, Rob Pratt and Anke Sauer. We will have classes
lasting from 1/2 day to 2 full days. We have beginner, intermediate, and experienced level
classes. We will offer kites and banners, miniature kites and large cellular
kites. You can sew or not sew. Most classes use ripstop but some use paper
Below are photos of the projects and brief descriptions. Additional
information will be released soon and registration will open November 3, so watch for
that on our website.
If you are interested in teaching a class in
2020, please click on the details tab above to find out how to send us your
In 2019 Rod will be teaching
a favorite Trapadela kite to honor the memory of Deb Tuminia, a long time
teacher and friend of Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference.
Stealth Delta kite
Robert Brasington n
St Helens, Tasmania, Australia
We are happy to welcome back
Robert Brasington from Tasmania to teach his Stealth Delta. Using Robert’s
applique techniques and templates, students will create a striking 10 foot
delta that’s a super flyer.
Parasled 100 kite
Another returning teacher is Phil Broder who will be teaching a Parasled 1
meter kite. This project is a great intro into soft kite making. This is a
nice small soft kite, a good beginner to intermediate project.
Marker-painted Mini Kite
Beth Gouldin San
Beth will be returning again in 2019 to teach
how to use markers in layers on glassine for a stained glass look and also
the application of color theory. The result will be a decorated mini kite of
glassine and bamboo.
Chris, another popular instructor (and
2018 AKA Grand National Champion kitemaker!! - Congratulations Chris!), will be
teaching his Tri-D box kite. Using a sewing guide for straight edges, 3D
printed parts, and jigs for easy final assembly, students will leave with a
cool cellular kite and the ability to make more at home for a Tri-D train.
So-Sew Tametomo kite
We’re glad to welcome Lindsey to teach his So-Sew
Tametomo kite. Lindsey will introduce you to 3D printed kite parts with this
inspiring 30” x 90” plus tail project that leaves a lot of room for graphics
and makes a statement in the sky.
Butterfly or Sunset Banners
Carveth Kramer Taos,
Carveth Kramer will be joining us from New Mexico
to teach a Butterfly or Sunset banner. This full-size flowing banner will teach
students all aspects of banner making.
Flapping Raven and Snowy Owl kites
Dan Kurahashi Burnaby,
We're happy to have Dan back for 2019 to
teach the Flapping Raven kite. This kite is interesting to build and amazing
to watch fly as it mimics the bird’s flapping wings. The Raven will
be offered on Friday. Dan will also present his Snowy Owl kite in the Sunday
morning session. Make one or make both!
Barbara Meyer Maple
Barbara will once again be joining us this year to teach her Pencil banner.
This is a great project to fill up a campsite with fun, yet compact, color!
Offered twice during the weekend.
Gerry Pennell Olympia, Washington
Another of our long time teachers (25
times!) is Gerry, who is our beginning kite sewing teacher. This is the
place to start if you have never sewn a kite. Learn basics plus make a
wonderful Gregor Hip Pocket Hybrid sled kite or a classic rainbow windsock.
Sand Bag Anchor photo
Rob Pratt Lacey, Washington
Rob will be teaching how to make your own sand bags and sand anchors from inexpensive tarps. These anchors weigh almost nothing and are easy to transport – invaluable beach accessories for any SLK flyer.
Offered twice during the weekend.
Jack ‘n the Box kite photo photo
Anke Sauer Rheinlandpfalz,
We're very pleased to announce that Anke Sauer of
Germany has accepted our invitation to teach in 2019! Anke will be teaching
her Jack in the box kite, a truly astounding paper kite with a unique
Chris Hanson and Lindsey Johnson
Two of our awesome instructors will moderate a roundtable where Kitemakers can discuss those techniques
or problems most dear to your hearts.