KITES - DIY or BUY?

DIY Is A Great Way To Start!

Either way, this kites site has the info and products you need. And either way, there is a lot of fun and personal satisfaction to be had! Why not save a considerable amount of money though, by going DIY first.

Flying a kite can be great fun for all the family, from age 2 to 102. Small ones for small kids, even toddlers. Larger or even huge flying creations for, well, the more mature among us who enjoy a building challenge. Besides, bigger usually flies better!

A huge home-made Barn Door kite lifted the camera for this aerial shot.The view, hanging a camera from the line of a large kite

Nothing quite compares to seeing your own work floating way up there. The bigger the better. Bask in that 'I made it myself' feeling.

But don't get me wrong - the world of modern retail or designer kites is fascinating, and you will find plenty of images and commentary here. There are shopping links too, if you are in a position to purchase these more hi-tech or nicer-looking items.

It's almost never too calm - or too windy - to fly, as long as you make the right choices. The information here makes that easy!





This site has 3 areas of focus....

  1. Learning to make a kite, of course! Roll your sleeves up and enjoy the construction process. Then get out and fly, with the sun on your face and the wind on your back. Anyone can afford dowels or bamboo skewers, some plastic bags and sticky tape. And the soft designs don't even need dowels or skewers! Sounds very homey and humble - but we routinely have some amazing high flights with these light-weight craft. And yes, there are plenty of photos and videos of all the building and flying action.
  2. Visitors contribute their own building and flying experiences. Photos too, from time to time. New stories are always coming in, and the variety is unending!
  3. General kiting information abounds here, particularly when you dig a little deeper into the site. A large body of researched facts and photos provide an interesting and educational background on the hobby. Find out about the most popular kinds of fabric and paper designs being flown these days, or in times past. Discover things you never knew. With a click or 2, buy something relevant to what you are reading about.

Plus there is some info here that is just plain different, and intriguing...

Like the radio-controlled variety being deftly flown indoors in Singapore, or a flexible flying monster the size of a football field! But we'll get to that later.





By clicking the what's new! link at the top left of this page, you can stay up-to-date with the latest additions to this site. From any of those 3 areas in that numbered list above.

This includes those occasions when we - and others from all around the world - write up flying outings as Flight Reports.

A huge variety of tethered aerial craft  at the Adelaide International Kite Festival.Rip-stop nylon carpets the sky at the AIKF

We are based in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, home to one of the biggest annual kiting festivals in Australia, and possibly the whole Southern Hemisphere.

The picture up there was taken at one such event, from near the jetty at Semaphore Beach. A moderate-strength Southerly was blowing along the sand, and music boomed from loud-speakers arranged along one side of the wooden planks.

At other times, live commentary kept everyone informed about interesting aspects of the aerial display.





The Benefits Of Flying Kites...

Although not strenuous most of the time, flying these tethered craft is quite a healthy activity!

  1. Office workers can get some much-needed Vitamin D from sunlight, when out flying.
  2. It's good exercise for your eyes, focusing near and far all the time. Helps slow down the progression of 'old age sight'. I know all about it, trying to unpick the tiny Lark's Head knot at the end of a 20-pound Dacron line...
  3. Breathe that fresh air! We're very fortunate here in Adelaide, in that respect.
  4. You can even fit in a bit of moderate exercise sometimes, when towing up to search for faster air! Or even just going for a walk around the field while a reliable kite does it's thing up high.
  5. Getting the kids involved too is good quality family time. Depending on how well you can compete with all those electronic devices!

Tim with a train of Tyvek-sailed, carbon-sparred Diamonds.Helping to ensure Diamonds never go out of fashion

In my opinion, every new kite is an adventure. Whether scratch-built or fresh from the delivery tube. Come and join us!





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Click here to buy anything you need. Just use the Search box in there if you need different weights or lengths of line, for example.

P.S. Keep an eye out for books by kite author Glenn Davison, a prominent kite person in the USA.




What's New!

  1. Global News Report:
    Japanese Kites

    Oct 20, 18 07:15 AM

    No fluff here. A piece about kite-related photography, art and artisans in Japan. Quaintly expressed which is possibly due to translation from Japanese…

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Comments

Plenty of fun kite info, photos and videos - there's definitely too much here for only one visit! Feel free to leave your impressions of this site or just this page, below...

 

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"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

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"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."

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"I've just bought your super e-book and spent most of last night pouring through all the great stuff in it!

Very detailed and USEFUL information - thanks for such a great book."

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"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"

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"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

thank you"

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7