My First Dowel Kite
(Nassau, The Bahamas)
I used to make kites when I was smaller. Some were poorly constructed and refused to fly. As I got older and more experienced, I started to build better quality kites and their flying characteristics improved.
Recently, I spent a weekend making the Dowel Dopero. It flew great! I laid on my back and watched it dancing in the air. Then I let it out to 400 feet. The kite was "sleeping" in the air! I was so proud.
Guess what? I let out even more string! Yep, I flew it at 800 feet. It looked tiny up there. When I finally decided to reel it in, it started to flip.
No! I kept pulling it in and it crashed a few hundred feet away. I was so angry. Why did I have it so high in the first place. It was impossible to find it in the trees, and I only managed to salvage some string. It was only dowels and plastic anyway, so, I made a new one and a Dowel Sled.
As mentioned earlier, there's another alternative to towing indoor kites if it's just not possible to fly outdoors...
"Kites Up!" is my downloadable board game. It's a PDF file which has all the documentation for the game plus images for all the components. Tokens, cards, the board itself and so on. Anyway, just click that link to see more info :-)