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667 drawings and diagrams
Building plans for over 30 original kites with detailed description of building techniques
Includes new 57-page supplement (pdf) “Making a Snow Crystal”
This book focuses entirely on kites based on stellar configurations. Lavishly illustrated and printed on glossy paper, STAR KITES includes:
My own approach to kite design and kite aesthetics and craftsmanship
An extensive discussion of aerodynamics as specifically pertaining to kites, various types of aircraft and other natural or man-made flying objects
Building plans for a wide range of kites including many original designs
Many colour photographs showing the kites in flight and detailing steps in the construction process
Original and unusual building techniques
Advice on the best way to understand rip-stop spinnaker nylon and build efficiently with minimum waste
Combined principles of framing and bridling kites extensively described
How to set up a functional kite workshop
How to build a kite making table
How to make and use special kitemaking tools
The background research that I carried out over the years on a century-old Western tradition of cellular kites
Each copy is signed and numbered
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My new kite book will be out early in 2023.
Although it could be regarded as a sequel to STAR KITES, this new book is actually different as it takes the reader more deeply into the process of thinking and designing kites, occasionally with unusual departures.