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« on: October 29, 2012, 08:10 AM »

I posted this over at The Other Place™ and I wondered if those of you unwilling to try other waters might like to chip in as well.

Back in the hazy mists of time we had a little chinwag about who was the best kitemaker. Not who made the best kite, but who made them best. I hope I've made myself clear Wink Perhaps it's time to revisit this subject and to that end here are some piccies:-

Kite Studio (aka Carl Robertshaw)
Jest of Eve

Sky Sport Design (aka Lam Hoac)

Herb Weldon

Peter Betancourt

Wind Factory

Alphakites

Heads Up

I've tried to illustrate the sewing skills from each; mostly with a seam, sometimes with an appliqué. All of these rate very highly with me and one of them I regard as the best kitemaking I've yet seen.

Feel free to chip in. I'd love to see similar examples 'cos I'm odd like that   Grin

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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012, 10:32 AM »

Is there an "All the above" option? Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 10:40 AM »

I think you can't ask the question without also including Paul Shirey and Ken McNeill. (Aerostar and Blue Moon Kites).  The other question to ask is 'which builder is the most consistant?'.

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 11:18 AM »

I'm not asking which of the following..... I was just using them as examples.

Feel free to show us other examples; good, bad or indifferent.

Mike.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 12:09 PM »

I'd say Thomas (Kitehouse) and Mathias (Alphakites) are 2 of the best builders currently producing kites.

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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 01:35 PM »

I'd say Thomas (Kitehouse) and Mathias (Alphakites) are 2 of the best builders currently producing kites.

Denny

Not the greatest photos, but Kitehouse certainly stitch a kite together well.



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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2012, 03:01 PM »

While there are many who have the ability to make a kite which

will not wear out due to the builder's skill, we are merely splitting

seams on who is the best.

My name won't ever be on any list involving sewing skills.

Below, Paul Shirey made a motivational poster from a photo showing

my sewing prowess:

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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2012, 03:26 PM »

John, that takes sloppy sewing to an entirely new level.  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2012, 07:33 PM »

While my favorite kitemaker is Ken McNeill.....

Paul Shirey is a detail monster:

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2012, 07:52 PM »

I think Jorgen Nilisson does a top notch sewing job on his kites at Sport Kite Designs.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2012, 08:25 PM »

Paul Shirey is amazing as is kmac.

I've always been partial to Tim Benson's work.

They do great work at Heads Up too.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2012, 05:16 AM »

Do not leave out Ed Shenk and his sewing as well....he did nto make a lot of sport kties...but...they are outstanding examples of applique...as well as what you can do with a computer sewing machine!

Gotta find some pix...i know that JC has some from his double Dondai
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2012, 06:09 AM »

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Prism and Level One are really good at the wiggly seam.  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2012, 05:09 PM »

Here's a few pictures to add to the list;
Jon Burkhardt
Ed Shenk
The guy who made my "umbrella" kite.
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2012, 05:47 PM »

While there are many who have the ability to make a kite which

will not wear out due to the builder's skill, we are merely splitting

seams on who is the best.

My name won't ever be on any list involving sewing skills.

Below, Paul Shirey made a motivational poster from a photo showing

my sewing prowess:



John,
I can see why your are such a great teacher. You don't waste anytime improving your sewing skills.  Cheesy

For all the other forum members, just wanted to point out how well this kite flys. On the end of the lines it is "PERFECTION".  Cool

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