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« on: July 15, 2010, 06:56 PM »

Hello all... this is my first post here on GWTW Kite forum, but I've been reading for a while.  I'm a relatively new kite builder here in Seattle, and only building for my own enjoyment at the moment.  So far I've had a blast constructing the handful of kites I've completed, and hope that my flying skills will improve as fast as I've picked up the craft of sewing.  (been flying for a while, but have no freestyle ability at all... slack lines? only when I dump the kite!)

So far, I've completed several of Christian Derefat's designs and an 85% version of Ian Newham's Thornback (with my own sail pattern). 

Today has been eventful, as I met Paul of Focus Kite Design (a nice guy that I hope to run into again... perhaps to acquire one of his fine kites or to learn some flying skills from), and I bought a bandsaw so I can be cutting more permanent sail templates (as I have gotten tired of tearing/burning my poster-board templates used to this point).  Hopefully the people who live in the apartment next to me will forgive the use of power tools.

Anyway, I am pleased to be part of the community and look forward to posting some pics of my creations at some point in the future.  'til later.

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2010, 07:47 PM »

Just curious - what are you planning on using for template materials? Thinking of re-making my hardboard templates as they're not quite hard enough to cut against, so I have to trace and then cut.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010, 10:30 PM »

Finally...........thinkin' it's about time.......looking forward to an example of your handiwork Smiley

I know it will be great.........I've heard rumours, already Cool

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Kant Fly......might just as well buy!
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010, 11:47 PM »

It isn't really a bandsaw if it isn't at least a 36" Tannewitz, 10HP, 440V, 3 phase. That's what you have in your apartment, right?
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2010, 05:15 AM »

Welcome Stephen!

a trick to keeping the posterboard templates working well is to go to the hardware store and pick up a roll of REAL DUCT TAPE....that silver (not grey) aluminumized tape....slice the tape so that it is 1" wide and then cover the edges of the template with that - wrap top to bottom....the tape will help to reinforce and stiffen the edge of the template as well as it handles the heat better too....

and then..oh yes..PICTURES!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2010, 12:49 PM »

It isn't really a bandsaw if it isn't at least a 36" Tannewitz, 10HP, 440V, 3 phase. That's what you have in your apartment, right?

oh yes, absolutely.  I mean, how else will I cut down the 4x8' sheets of whiteboard material I'm using for templates.  actually, it's a 10" Rikon... but with a little imagination, I see the 36" Tannewitz!

Thanks everyone for the welcoming words.  Now I need to go put this new tool to use.

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