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President's Message


My name is Sam King and I am honored to be the current president of the Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference. Together with a board of dedicated volunteers we hold an annual three-day kite making workshop in beautiful Washington (the state), USA.Sam King

2019 will mark the 37th such gathering of kite makers from across the United States, joined by kite friends from around the globe. Each year we strive to provide a diverse slate of classes taught by the world’s best kite makers and instructors. There is something here for everyone.

In 2015 we began holding our conference at the fantastic Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center in Stanwood, Washington.  We have enjoyed several unanticipated advantages of our new venue, including a greater opportunity for attendees to check out what is going on in other classes.

Attendees often remark that they learn as much during the after-hours gatherings as they do in the classroom. As a group, we are committed to sharing kite knowledge and advancing education as it relates to kiting. Aside from the amazing kites and banners, the conference is an opportunity to learn, share, spend time with friends, and make new ones. For me, what initially began as an interest in kites has become increasingly more about spending time with the people at the other end of the kite string, although the kites are still pretty cool.

Please take a look around our web page. Consider joining us for next year’s conference and if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at
president@kitemakers.org. I’ll do my best to track down an answer for you.

Until we can share a piece of sky, I wish you pleasant winds, Friend.