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« on: October 17, 2009, 12:34 PM »

Saw this on the Discovery Channel show "How Its Made" (Season 5 / Episode 13)


First part is on Electrical Panels the second is "Kites' it starts at 5:55 on
part one
How It's Made (Season 5 / Episode 13 / Part 1)
and continues on part 2
How It's Made (Season 5 / Episode 13 / Part 2)
the last section is about eye glass frames
finishes on part 3


Any idea who the kitemaker is, how about the pilot?
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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2009, 12:10 PM »

wow, that video is full of misinformation- why didn't the writer ask someone who knew something about kites?
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2009, 01:27 PM »

I didn't really notice anything *that* objectionable.  Maybe something a real enthusiast might disagree with, but this is mainstream entertainment for the masses, not a PhD thesis.  I suspect that one or two things might have been mis-translations (like 'arrows') - the show is made by a (French) Quebec production company, and done in both French and English versions.  Hence the accent on the narrator; they can use the same voice talent to record both tracks.  (actually, I'm surprised they don't overdub it with an American actor when broadcasting it in the US.  Most 'foreign' shows do get overdubbed)

As for the manufacturer...  I don't recall exactly, but I'm fairly certain they were based out of Quebec.  I do recall that it wasn't anyone 'major' (no BMK or other well known boutique company), but had the impression it was along the lines of a kite store that also did some custom designs.  And it was shot a good 5 - 6 years ago, so who knows if they're even around any more.

The episode is being repeated up here on the 21st though, and I've set the PVR to record it, so that I can check the credits for the name of the shop.  Just remind me to check after it's aired.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009, 01:37 PM »

Hence the accent on the narrator; ?? What accent, I don't think the girl is french Canadian. Huh
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009, 03:47 PM »

She doesn't have any sort of French accent that I can detect. That said, she does sound suspiciously Canadian, which is probably close enough to a French Canadian accent for most of our friends South of the Border.

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BTW, Woodstock is not that far, we should try and meet up for some flying some time.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2009, 04:36 PM »

We can do that, shoot me an email. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2009, 05:52 PM »

Erm... I *am* Canadian.  And she *does* have an accent.  It's the accent commonly heard among bilingual voice actors in Canada - a sort of faint, upper class, Montreal, anglophone-raised-through-French-language-schools accent.  Particularly noticeable in the leading th and trailing t's, both of which are pronounced more like d's.  No, not your more harsh maritime or northern French, but it IS there.

All of which is, of course, beside the point.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2009, 06:21 PM »

Moe, now that you mention it, I do hear the D an T French accent coming through. I had to close my eyes and just listen for some reason.

But, as you said, what does it matter.

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2009, 06:25 PM »

Second vid @ 3:46

"...and for $250 dollars you can have a hand made kite like this..."

A POS that doesn't whatsoever represent what stunt kites can do.  Did you see the flier running to keep the kite up right before that scene?  If I were someone who saw that I would most likely be turned away from trying one or even looking further into it.

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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2009, 06:43 PM »

Leather?  Roll Eyes

That's a very old show. The kite design & materials are mid '90s at the latest.

I felt bad for the poor guy who probably only had one shot at getting the kite in the air while the film crew was there. Typical time for the wind to die.

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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2009, 08:26 PM »

The kite maker featured is a business called "La Cerf-Volanterie" out of Montreal.  Originally founded by Claude Thibaudeau in the 1980s and located in the historic Vieux Carré (old quarter) Montreal, the business was bought by a woman who moved it further east in the city on St. Catherine St.  The business shut down in 2007 or so.

The kites were indeed old school.  The designs were locked in the mid-90s, even still that video incorporated the Thibaudeau leather pockets and nose pieces.
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2009, 11:17 PM »

The first season of How Its Made debuted in 1999, so this 5th season show could have been shot in the early 2000's.
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2009, 04:25 PM »

If they're slapping kites together in two hours, no wonder the sails look unevenly sewn and the craftsmanship looks sub-par.  Ugh.  I wouldn't allow anything I built to see the light of day if it was done that flippantly.   Huh
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2009, 04:28 PM »

How long do you think it takes a professional to make a kite?
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2009, 04:48 PM »

How long do you think it takes a professional to make a kite?

Depends on the kite I'd imagine. Mike Dennis at Heads Up Kites told me they can sew 2 Widow Maker sails a day. I think it takes Mark 2 or 3 days to make a Talon. I bet Chinese factory workers make kites a bit faster though.


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