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« on: August 06, 2014, 07:39 AM »

Canadian kite making master Adrian Conn passed away yesterday.   His kites are amazing and instantly recognizable!  He always pushed the design limits as far as he could. 




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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 07:42 AM »

Sad  Sad  Never met him.  Pics of his work?
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 08:16 AM »

another slightly earlier picture of him:


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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 08:17 AM »

and one of his classic designs that is in Maxwell Eden's book


there are elements of Parafoils in there, bowed kites, flexible wing kites, massive drogue tail...
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 11:00 AM »

Wow!  Thanks for the pics  Smiley  Now sadder never met the man Sad
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 01:05 PM »

Had the opportunity to meet him a couple years ago, when he joined Simon Craft for a trip to the Shipshewana, Ind. kite festival. Great guy and really cool creations. I had no idea he was ill. He'll be missed, for sure.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 09:04 PM »

This is a man who was impeccable in his sewing skills and need for perfection.  He told me once he slept on 4 hrs. a day for over 30 days straight building a kite.  This was at Belle Isle Detroit Michigan a couple years back.  He always came to the field or visited Jon's shop buying Carbon like it was penny candy... Adrian lived only minutes away but across the Bridge in Canada.  Two totally different cities and countries. 

He was a Gem ... Always got excellent advise from Him.  His Craftsmanship has won him TOP HONORS at AKA annual Meets. 
For those who did not know him..You missed a Gem.  This guy could sew.... He laid the exact width of edging and sewed it once ...he didn't like to trim it just measured it perfectly.

Told me last year get new tails for my Jordan 50...he was right.  He built a 30 foot pointer with tails...  Damn didn't realize just how much I know of him... Take a few minutes to pay honor to a real craftsman... SO many will miss him.  We talked about him for weeks leading to his death..
Jon Trennophol flew a kite in his honor on Wednesday.  Gary of the Windjammers visited him in Canada and stay in touch.  So many touched by his talent....
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