Korean Kite Bridle

by Patricia Suess
(Houston, TX, USA)

Q:

We are making a Korean kite. A rectangle with 5 sticks. I am stuck on the bridle.

What is it? How do I make it? Where do I start from? What should it look like? How long should it be?

I have no idea how to begin it.

A:

OK, I'm assuming you're making the traditional Pangp'aeyon fighter kite with the hole in the middle. Sometimes called the Shield Kite.

Here's what to do to get something quite close to the traditional bridle of this Korean kite...

Cut off 4 pieces of flying line, each one about twice the length of the kite itself.

Tie one piece to the top-left corner of the kite.
Similarly, tie another piece to the top-right corner.

Tie the next piece around where the diagonal sticks cross the vertical spar. Right in the middle of the hole in other words!

Tie the last piece of line onto the vertical spar, mid-way between the middle of the kite and the bottom edge of the sail.

Now, gather all 4 lines together in your hand while the kite stays flat on the floor. Adjust until all lines are about as tight as each other. Finally, your hand should be directly over the vertical spar, and about half-way between the top edge of the sail and the middle of the kite.

Near your hand, tie a simple knot with all four lines at once, being careful not to let any of the lengths change. Then tie another knot close to the first one.

Now you can easily attach a long flying line with a Lark's Head knot. Just slip it around the bridle lines, between the 2 simple knots.

Hope this helps! Although this bridle is not easily adjustable, it can be done with a bit of effort...

If the kite seems unwilling to climb, even with some wind, it's possible your bridle is adjusted too far back, that is, towards the hole in the sail. Undo both knots and re-tie slightly closer to the top edge of the sail than it was before.

If the bridle has been tied a little too close to the top edge of the sail, it won't make a huge difference. The kite will just need a bit more wind to fly well.

Since this Korean kite is a fighter, flying it could be tricky, but at least it should all look right now!

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Jan 04, 2013
Korean Kite Bridle
by: Bangpae-holic

You can see detailed information all about Korean kites at

http://koreankite.tistory.com

Jan 04, 2013
Korean Kite (Bangpae) Bridle
by: Bangpae-holic

You can see detailed Bangpae bridle instructions at

1) One String Method
http://koreankite.tistory.com/24

2) Two String Method
http://koreankite.tistory.com/25

3) and all about Korean Kites
http://koreankite.tistory.com

May 31, 2012
Korean Kite Bridle
by: Peter Nam

Mr. Dominick is my friend and he is very fabulous Bangpae master.

You can see it at his web below

http://s1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb435/dominick62/four%20string%20bridle/?albumview=slideshow

Also, see the kite fighter central website.

Best

Peter Nam

May 24, 2011
Slideshow: Making The Korean Bridle
by: Dominick

I am sure that this comment is way out of date, but just in case....

I have just finished a slideshow on making the bridle according to the method in the previous post. You can find the slide show through the link below:

http://s1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb435/dominick62/four%20string%20bridle/?albumview=slideshow

Also, see the kite fighter central website.

Best

Dominick

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