Beamguard Kite Workshop

Beamguard Kite Workshop
President’s Weekend – Friday through Monday
February 18, 19 & 20, 2017

During President’s Weekend, Rod Beamguard, who has taught kite making classes for 20+ years and 4 years at the museum, will again present another kite for this annual event at the museum.  The kite to be offered is the Card Trick, a kite that originated in Germany in the mid-1990’s.  The original directions for the construction of this kite were published by Hilmar Rilling in the German language kite publication Hoch Hinaus in 1997. The kite will be offered in two sizes: the original 12 feet tall by 5.5 feet wide or 8 feet tall by 3.5 feet wide.  With proper bridling adjustments the kite flies very well in medium winds without using a tail.  A tail may be added if the builder desires one.

Participants may furnish their own fabric or it may be included in the price of the class.  If the fabric is provided by the instructor, participants will have the opportunity to choose colors from a selection that will be offered by the teacher.  Students furnishing their own fabric will have the opportunity to create their own design or do appliqué work before the first day of class. 

Pricing for the 12-foot kite is $150 for the complete kit or $110 for the kite without fabric.  The 8-foot kite is priced at $110 and $100 respectively.

Persons desiring more information may contact Rod at  To register for the class, mail the registration fee stated above to PO Box 2096, Vancouver, WA  98668.  Be sure to include the size of the kite desired, your name , telephone number, and email address with your payment.

Beamguard Kite Workshop


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