For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a
shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with
light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are
Tips And Hints
- For a dowel length of 120cm (48"), 5mm (3/16") dowel works well.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear
sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using 2 short lengths of electrical
insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at
90 degrees to the first tape, with corners folded back under the sail.
- For the upper bridle loop and lower bridle lines, try lengths about 1.5 times the length of the horizontal spar.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Single-wrap Slip Knot should be
sufficient, secured with a spot of glue. For this design, they also
serve to lash the spars together.
- No tail is required for this kite.
photo below shows our very first Dowel Barn Door, which was later
improved in several ways. However, both versions looked very similar
from a distance since the sail shape was unchanged.
Tips And Hints
- Reinforce the join in the middle of each diagonal spar with a length of skewer, 0.25SL (7.3cm, 2 7/8") long, glued to one side of the join as in the plan.
- Reinforce the join in the middle of the horizontal spar with 2
lengths of skewer, 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, glued to each side of
the join as in the plan. The short pieces of bamboo stay flat on the
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines.
- Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
- Try a length of bridle line about 2.0SL (58cm, 23") long, to tie
between the 2 upper attachment points - in each case use a single-wrap
slip knot, secured with a spot of glue.
- Use another a length of
bridle line about 2.0SL (58cm, 23"), to tie between the upper bridle
loop and the lower attachment point.
- For a start, try making a single tail about 12SL (350cm, 140") long,
with each end tied to the bottom end of a diagonal spar, forming a
The photo below shows this latest 2-Skewer Barn Door, with its loop tail of black garbage bag plastic.