KITES - DIY or BUY?

Every New Kite Is An Adventure!

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

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!

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's an Amazon shopping link too, near the bottom of each page. Handy, 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!



See that social sharing bar over there, with icons for Facebook, Twitter and so on?

If the bar ever gets in the way, just tap on the little triangular arrow at the bottom. The bar will then neatly hide itself while you finish reading the page!



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.




TESTMONIALS!

Here's the kind of thing people are saying about this site and associated activities...


"...thanks for all of your fantastic work, (kites, books, website, and emails), very inspirational.  You were found by querying google with "box kites", or some such and I have been enjoying your kiting enthusiasm and expertise ever since then. Please keep them coming my friend!"

- Dana Y. (WY, USA)


"Thank You for amassing a Brilliant website. I absolutely adore it. Man’s need to fly brought me here."

Jonny D. (MA, USA)


So please - have a good look around :-)  You can use the menus and links of course, but I would particularly recommend the Search box. You'll find it at the top right of nearly every page on this site. That way, you can get straight to whatever kite-related thing interests you most.




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

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

This includes those occasions when I write up flying outings as Flight Reports.

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 over 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. Sunlight alone can have a positive effect on your mood. If your kite's up there too, it can boost your mood even further!
  3. 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...
  4. Breathe that fresh air! We're very fortunate here in Adelaide, in that respect.
  5. 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.
  6. Getting the kids involved too is good quality family time. Depending on how well you can compete with all those electronic devices!

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

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

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