Thursday, February 07, 2008

Kitebuilder News

I know super Sunday, super Tuesday and super Saturday is on everyone’s mind these days, but I’m asking all kitebuilders to escape politics for a few moments and browse the super kites that have been nominated for’s forum Kite of the Year. You can find them here:

KiteBuilder of the Year is also up for grabs and eight members have been nominated. Check them out here:

If you are a forum member, I ask you to take two additional steps to vote which kite should be named Kite of the Year and which builder should be crowed Kitebuilder of the year. All votes must be received by February 18, 2007. I’ll admit they are difficult decisions, however important. If you would like to review past winners, check the “honor rolls” in this thread:

If you are not a member of the forum, consider joining. Membership is free and will give you access and search rights to all discussions. Registration is easy and fast:

Valentines Day sales are now in effect through February 29 (or until supplies last). Save up to 60% on select items:
  • Red, White, Pink, and Raspberry ripstop in .50, .65, .75, and 1.5 ounce styles as low as $2.00/yard.
  • Red & White 200 Denier banner cloth - 20% off!
  • Pink flying and bridling line in 50#, 150# and 200# x 3,000 feet lengths, $15.00 each.
  • View all sale items here:

New shirts, hats, stickers, and buttons available through our partner website, These make perfect gifts for your favorite kitebuilder. This month, get 5% off two or more shirts… and they don’t have to be identical! Buy two or more sheets of postage and get $2 off each sheet. View our collection here:*

Just a reminder, hosts a fully searchable, interactive "encyclopedia" created by, and existing for, the community. We archive kite plans and reference information with links all over the web. The cool think about the wiki is YOU can contribute. If you know something about what is written and want to add your two cents (or more), just hit the edit button. The only requirement is you must be logged into the forum while making your edits. Don’t worry about screwing things up, everything is automatically backed up and easily retrieved. Find more information here:

Another reminder about the kitebuilder auctions. Over the holidays, hundreds of dollars and many items were exchanged between kiters. I looked this morning and saw two beautifully tie dyed pieces of fabric listed with an expiration date in seven days. Take a look… if you are planning a new project, this cloth might be just what you need. I have plans to list a few items in the coming week as well.

I will be kicking off the 2008 kite flying season by attending the Smithsonian Kite Festival March 29 in Washington DC. When we get good weather, this is my favorite festival of the year. If you plan on attending, be sure to look for me… I’ll be one of the judges. Find more information here:

If you would like to discover additional kite festivals and building retreats, be sure to check our website link below. Forum members post events all over the world.

That’s about all for now… have a super February. Spring will be here soon.

Go build a kite!


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