FROM THE EDITOR
It’s really nice to see that friends of the Drachen Foundation stay dedicated to their pursuits and continue to update us with their progress. In this installment of Discourse, Sarah St. Vincent revisits Cambodian kitemakers and Oscar Frey continues his use of KAP on Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula.
Shelly Leavens visits the World Kite Museum and comments on the Museum’s commendable oral history project. Historical kite enthusiasts will appreciate Dörte and Frank and Schulz’s research on the Franco- Scandinavian weather station of early 20th Century Denmark, while I offer a related piece on a replica weather kite in the United States.
Japanese kites are well represented in this edition as we gain insight into the personal kite journey of Aomori’s Tokuko Sato. From Switzerland’s Iqbal Husain comes a highly informative article about Japanese ehon with kite images.
Finally, American Afghan Basir Beria shares his kite running experiences with fighter kite champ Chuck Lund. So we do our kite running around the world: from Mexico to Washington State, to Japan, to Denmark, to Switzerland, and to Cambodia. Enjoy the voyage!
Scott Skinner Board President
Discourse is published on the Drachen Foundation website several times a year and can be downloaded free at www.drachen.org (under “Publications”).
FROM OUR READERS
You did a wonderful job, making this issue a little kite-wonder. Beautiful articles, nice characteristics on the authors and very, very well readable.
DOUWE JAN JOUSTRA
Thanks for sending me the Drachen publication. It looks great. Like the typeface and wonderful photos.
With the Newsletter and Discourse, I feel like I have been touring the world. Japan, Cambodia, Holland, Australia, Blue Hill, Germany, Washington, China, Vietnam, England, Mexico and even exotic California!
The lead story was about kite performance art. I am always interested in Hargrave. What evidence is there that the three cell boxkite was a failure? I am tempted to build a model. It is not clear which is the front end. I would think the superposed twin cells would go in front. It is similar to the Sauls Barrage Kite, except the two cells are stacked vertically instead of arranged horizontally. The recent kite does not follow the Hargrave pattern of two longerons down the center. The Weather Bureau kites used four longerons in the corners, as well as two on the centerline, but they were flown in 90 mph winds. The standard US rectangular boxkite uses just four longerons in the outside corners. I could see a three cell version with four longerons. That would require a way to keep the superposed cells in alignment. …
Sugoroku – Gotta get one for Friday night games at Caroline’s. The game board should be laminated to protect it from food and drink. Maybe little plastic kite icons to move around. I must wait until I get one to see how it works.
Looking forward to more Vietnamese kites. The picture of the wingtips is intriguing, want to see more.
Editor’s Note: Sugoroku will be featured in the Ehon Book Exhibit at Seattle’s Cullom Gallery in 2010. This is a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase one of the books. Sign up for notification at www.cullomgallery.com.
The Drachen Foundation is beginning a survey of Vietnamese kites with assistance from the country of Vietnam, the ASEAN Kite Council, and Orlando Ongkinko of the Philippines. There will be more!
Thank you for the opportunity to have my trip published. It was fantastic to work with the children all along Argentina and it was a privilege to share it with Drachen! I also enjoyed the other articles!
MARIA ELENA GARCIA
Yesterday I looked with great pleasure through the new edition of Discourse: Congratulations.