My first attempt at kite building

by Bruce Edwards
(Fort Worth, TX)

Mr. Wiggle

Mr. Wiggle

After finding "My Best Kite" web site and reading the monthly updates from Tim for months, my kids gave me a Christmas gift of a kite building book, "Kites For Everyone" by Margaret Greger (not a plug for this book, just a gift.)

After browsing through it for several days, I decided on this snake kite and to keep the kids happy chose it to build as my first. I followed the directions, mostly, wondered if I was ever going to find an end to the sewing.

I used rip stop nylon as the fabric and sewed on and on. When completed, had to wait about 3 days for the wind to return and had a great feeling to watch it just float up into the sky and wiggle around in the gusty winds we have here in Texas.

Keep up the good work with this kite building web site Tim, I believe the Dopero will be my next attempt to paint the sky with color.

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Long Tail
by: One of the "kids"

My father sent us kids pictures of this kite as he was making it. I remember how surprised I was with how long the tail is on this kite. Honestly, I did not think that the kite would get off the ground easily, let alone stay in the sky, with all that tail.

I was proven wrong when I saw the pictures of this huge kite wiggling away in the sky. Very awesome indeed. It's also pretty cool to see that this site allows photographs of kites. Congrats Dad! Good job.

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Wiggling
by: Tim Parish

Mr Wiggle... Sounds like a name my 3 year old Aren would approve of :-)

Thanks for the photo and taking the time to contribute! First the mammoth sewing job, and now you are thinking of tackling my most complex kite, the Dopero. The Dowel version perhaps? If you make it accurately, you should find it has a very respectable wind range (light to fresh) without any tail at all.

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