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Title: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on March 25, 2011, 05:31 AM
Hello All,

Is there a catalog anywhere of  the white bird kites that were produced?

I would like to know where my kites fit in to their "production".

TIA,
Don Tuff


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on March 25, 2011, 08:03 AM
i do not remember having a catalog...i do remember just having a couple of pages of pictures slight descriptions and prices......

Pretty certain that was not saved when the shop closed though....
you do know who to email for that question though...
r


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Steven L Hall on March 25, 2011, 08:24 AM
Quote
i do remember just having a couple of pages of pictures slight descriptions and prices
My recollection also


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on March 26, 2011, 06:36 AM
Rob and Steve,

Thanks for the reply, I have emailed her (whose name goes unspoken) in hopes there remains a list etc that is copyable. 

Anyone else, please chime in.


Don


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on March 28, 2011, 07:52 AM
As a follow up, She, whose name we did not mention,  has the White Bird lists fron 98,99,2001and 2002.  I will make copies and pdfs of them so they will be available when needed.

 She, whose name we did not mention, ROCKS!!


Don


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on March 28, 2011, 08:41 AM
i figured she would!
awesome!!!!


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: SKITCH on March 28, 2011, 06:29 PM
I would be interested in a copy of those as well!  If ya don't mind!

Thanks!


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on April 04, 2011, 03:06 PM
Hi All,
I have the wholesale sheets from 98,99,2001, and 02.  the sheets with all the color pictures appear to be fron 2002 and they cover all the new kites they announced in the prior years.  I will pdf the 2002 wholesale price list anf the 2 sheets of color pictures. This should give us a pretty good idea of what they were selling prior to the split up in 2003.  I haven't decided wheither to pdf the letter sent in 2003 abt the split up.  It will take me a few days to get it all done, but we'll have it as a source.

Don


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on June 09, 2011, 03:46 PM
Hello all,

I have finally scanned the white bird catalogs(???) and if you want them email me or they will be on my site Kitestuff a yahoo group.

Don Tuff


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Bgywrinkle on June 10, 2011, 05:14 PM
For those who responded, the email(s) have been sent.

Enjoy!!


Don


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Steven L Hall on June 10, 2011, 05:23 PM
I would like a copy ... but only if you tell us who "she" is.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on June 10, 2011, 06:14 PM
I would like a copy ... but only if you tell us who "she" is.

she is my old boss Sue from High Flyers.........


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Steven L Hall on June 10, 2011, 08:36 PM
Thanks Ron ... shoulda been able to work that out all on my own.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Allen Carter on June 10, 2011, 08:49 PM
Thanks for the scans Don!

Man, I'd love to have a big White Bird dragon some day. My 25' sun face dragon was the Very first kite I bought from GWTW 13 years ago.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: photomom on June 11, 2011, 05:05 AM
Thank you so much for the scans.  Somehow I've got to find those kites made after 9/11.  I've been searching for the dragon kites and have managed to get several of them.  Not having to much luck finding the diamonds.

Thank you again.

Karen M.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on June 11, 2011, 05:16 AM
Thanks Ron ... shoulda been able to work that out all on my own.

thats ok steep ;)


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: rncembal on June 11, 2011, 09:39 AM
There is a huge difference between "she who we did not mention" and she who shall not  be mentioned!


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: Stardragon on June 12, 2011, 12:22 PM
Don, I sent a PM for a copy of the catalog since I couldn't find your email address.  Did my PM get through?

Ron


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: hedronist on August 21, 2011, 09:48 PM
Hi --

I'm brand new here and I'm looking to find information about the woman I bought a number of kites from back in 1976-1978. I first met her on the Marina Green in S.F. when she was flying a kite made from old saris. I seem to remember she had a young daughter with her at the time.

Her name was H... (is her name not to be mentioned?) and I have 5 kites made by her (maybe 6).

Several of them have a tag saying "White Bird Kites, Po Box 2XX, Sebastopol, CA", but not all. I think the earlier ones I bought from her don't have that tag. I have the following kites and I would love to know more about them and her:

1. A Taj Mahal kite. A hex star approx. 32" wide.  Orange background, the Taj in gold applique, with the bottom apparently from an old sari. Several long streamers of orange and red.

2. A French Military kite done as a bird. 36" wide by 32" long + a long tail connected by a swivel connector. White, blues and purples with applique of silver representing a bird's head and feet. The long tail is multilayer of green and purple.

3. A winged box kite. Signed "19/200 He.... 1978". It is a Sun/Moon motif and measures 39" across the wings and is 36" high. This sucker pulls like an 18-wheeler in even a medium wind. It has heavy applique of orange and gold for the Sun on a yellow background, and silver/black on a blue background for the phases of the Moon. Portions of the box are overlays that depict clouds and rainbows. This is one of my personal favorites.

4. Icarus. A bird kite depicting the black silhouette of a man with multilayer wings 56" wide of yellow/orange/red/purple/blue cut as if they were flames. It uses 2 fiberglass rods that thread through the edges of the wings and cross over in the back. It moves in an amazing way.

5. A 36' dragon that she called either the Wind Spirit or the Moon Spirit (I forget which). It is signed "9/100 He... 1978" It is an amazing, multilayer sewing masterpiece that is difficult to describe. Another of my personal favorites.

I bought these from her when I was going through some very emotionally challenging times and, quite frankly, flying them was better therapy for me than anything my therapist came up with. I would love to be able to communicate with her and tell her, "Thank you!"

I can supply pictures of any/all of the above if that helps.

  Peter Rowell
  Sebastopol, CA

Ps. I forgot to mention, all of these kites are taffeta (I think that's the material), not mylar.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on August 22, 2011, 03:27 AM
Morning Peter.
Definitely post up some pictures!
Heloise and her crew made some beautiful beautiful kites!!!

The earliest white bird kite that I have is a diamond from the late 70's and a dragon from the early 80's....... 

Heloise shut her business down a few years back and seems to have retreated into the wilderness of the non-kite world (like so many other kite makers have done)......

Welcome to the forum Peter!


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: kiteslinger on August 22, 2011, 05:51 AM
(http://inlinethumb30.webshots.com/48797/2556405790072413283S500x500Q85.jpg) (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2556405790072413283BmVNpq)


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: kiteslinger on August 22, 2011, 05:53 AM
(http://inlinethumb08.webshots.com/48583/2720900860072413283S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2720900860072413283fmYwDz)


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on August 22, 2011, 09:06 AM
btw Peter:
I should have mentioned this as well...if you are looking to part with any of them please let me know! ;)
r


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on August 22, 2011, 09:11 AM
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ttc9TW6EUJo/Ti91vS5ZtxI/AAAAAAAAU24/uHuvZTHlTKo/1482829561343.jpg)
here are three of my White bird Dragons......there are a few more in the bag...


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: kitenut75 on August 23, 2011, 07:06 PM
btw Peter:
I should have mentioned this as well...if you are looking to part with any of them please let me know! ;)
r

 ;D


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: photomom on August 23, 2011, 07:25 PM
I too have to chime in here.  I'm collecting White Bird Kites and am always interested if someone as any they want to part with.  Please keep me in mind.

The French Military kite with the bird was known as the Phoenix Box. 

The one kite with the dragon head was called the Friendly Dragon and the other with the hat was the Charlie Chapin.

My pride and joy is the Icarus.  And second is the 150' Friendly Dragon.

kjm


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on August 24, 2011, 03:45 AM
the French Military that WB produced and sold in the early 90's was actually the Firebird.   I would need to see a picture of Peter's french military to know if it is a Firebird - it probably is not one since it was made a lot earlier....

rob
white bird dealer from the 90s to 2005



Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: hedronist on August 24, 2011, 09:31 AM
My sister is in town so I haven't had time to take the pictures, but I'll see if I can do them today. I'm afraid they will be on-the-ground shots.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on August 24, 2011, 03:18 PM
No worries Peter!
if you need help posting them please feel free to email them to me and i can host them for you.

good winds
rob


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: ainokea on August 25, 2011, 10:36 PM
I too have to chime in here.  I'm collecting White Bird Kites and am always interested if someone as any they want to part with.  Please keep me in mind.

The French Military kite with the bird was known as the Phoenix Box. 

The one kite with the dragon head was called the Friendly Dragon and the other with the hat was the Charlie Chapin.

My pride and joy is the Icarus.  And second is the 150' Friendly Dragon.

kjm

All of which are very cool kites. A bunch of 150's in flight is an awesome sight to see.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: shemvic on March 23, 2015, 08:47 AM
I am new here. Years ago bought a kite in Oregon and took it out the other day since it was a great wind day. Would like to see the catalog to see if it is in there, or maybe someone could give me more info on my kite. Thanks


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Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on March 23, 2015, 09:27 AM
That is a kaze keiki diamond...great flying kite and also nice enough to just hang on a wall.
Kaze is the Japanese kanji character for wind.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: shemvic on March 23, 2015, 09:38 AM
thank you! Would you know when it was made?


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on March 23, 2015, 11:29 AM
Mid 90s to early 00s. This was a pretty standard design that everyone loved.


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: stringfly on March 23, 2015, 12:21 PM
amazing....... he knows them all.   Cool.

Will have to find one to stump him.......

Stringfly <>++++


Title: Re: White Bird Kites
Post by: thief on March 23, 2015, 12:26 PM
Well I was thigh deep in a kite shop during that time.... And an impressionable college kid