You have probably come across the big kite books on making Dowel and Skewer based designs by now. Many books on individual kites are also available. Plus some titles which venture into other areas of single-line kiting.
The complete catalog is listed below, with all the How To... titles listed first. Feel free to browse around.
Shhh... this is a library remember!
OK, if you are not a complete 'kite nut' like me, you might want to skip this section. ...
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As my books have accumulated, it has made sense to offer all my kite-making material plus the miscellaneous titles in one huge bundle.
The price is just a fraction of the total cost of buying all the e-books separately.
This is a wise and frugal choice if you will be making kites for years to come.
The main purpose of these 2 books is to provide all of this site's kite plans and instructions in a more convenient form than live web pages. There's more though... I hope you enjoy the bonus kite designs in each book too!
If you want to 'try it in case you like it', buying an inexpensive set of instructions for a single kite design of your choice might be the way to go. Some of these include a BONUS design that is twice the size (4 times the sail area) and yet packs down to the same length as the Dowel version. Here they are...
Some more Dowel designs...
The PDF file format used by my books is good for downloading and printing off text and pictures from the Internet. So, the 'book' is actually a file stored on your computer or tablet. All you need is the free and easy-to-use Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
PDFs are designed for easy magnification of the print size if desired, for on-screen reading, and easy selection of pages to print out. When you do a print-out, the content is nicely formatted on each page. Unlike just trying to print straight from a website!
By securing a full printout in a simple binder you can make a handy addition to your collection of kite books. Make a start on your own kiting library today!
For your convenience, all the 'ask Tim' questions and answers from 2011 and 2012 have been categorized and compiled into an e-book! The detailed and clickable Table of Contents lets you get straight to any material of interest...
Here's a handy little tutorial that guides a non-artist through the process of drawing great clip-art images onto a large kite sail!
And another book that pulls together all our experiences at the Adelaide International Kite Festival over a 3 year period. Lots of photos and commentary...
And how about a book of short stories. All about seeing kites waft skywards in a bubbles of warm air...
'Simplest Dowel Kites - Making 3 Super-Quick Designs' This first one is handy for checking out the quality and style of my other How To ... books. It covers the 3 designs featured in the Simple Kites section of this site. After clicking the link, wait for the title page of the PDF to appear. It might take a few minutes. Then, save the PDF to a location you can easily find later.
'Power, Chinese, Box & Stunt Kites' This sizable chunk of information and photos contains most of the info which launched this website in its first 12 months. Read more about it on the Newsletter sign-up page.
Stay tuned for more kite books in the near future...