August 22, 2013


9:30a.m. FIELD A
Carol Bechard, Cindy Kroeger, Sandee Rogers & Kara Zubal, Co-Directors
  • All kites entered in today’s competition will be flown and judged by the “RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR COMPREHENSIVE KITEMAKING COMPETITION,” published by the AKA, as a guideline.
  • Every participant in the Handcrafted Kite Competition will be a winner! A special participation pin will be given to every competitor that enters at least one kite for judging.
  • Judging criteria includes craftsmanship, structural design, kite flight and handling, and visual appeal.
  • Each event (except Smallest Kite) will include three competitor levels: APPRENTICE, JOURNEYMAN, & MASTERS. A questionnaire form will be available to determine each competitor’s skill level. Fliers may choose to compete at higher skill level than the questionnaire determines.
  • Pre-registration will be open for three hours on Wednesday afternoon. Listen for announcements.
  • Kites that have placed in Handcrafted Competition at WSIKF in previous years are ineligible to compete.
  • Kites can be either built by an individual or cooperatively by two or more people (hence no Cooperative Kites category in this year’s competition).
  •  Upon the completion of the competition, drawings will be made from the winners of each level for prizes.  A scholarship to Fort Worden Kite Makers Conference (room, meals, tuition) will be awarded for the Apprentice level.  A scholarship to the Oregon Kite Makers Retreat (room, meals, tuition) will awarded for the Journeyman level.  A gift basket of surprises will be awarded for the Masters level.

Events (not listed in any particular order):

  • ARCHES, TRAINS AND CENTIPEDES- Kites of any shape or structure that is connected by lines to each other.
  • THE SMALLEST KITE- The kite should demonstrate stability in flight-. Once meeting this requirement, the kite with the smallest amount of lifting surface will be declared the winner.
  • FLAT OR BOWED KITES- The lift surface is a single plane. Diamonds, Della Portas, Eddys, Edos, and Bermudas are all examples of Flat or Bowed Kites.
  • ROKKAKU KITES – Kite shape must be six-sided and framed as a traditional Sanjo Rokkaku
  • CELLULAR OR DIMENSIONAL KITES- A three dimensional structure with the wind flowing through channels formed by the sail surfaces which are also lifting surfaces.
  • DELTA OR DELTA DERIVATIVES- Usually a triangular winged kite
  • SOFT & SEMI-RIGID- The shape of the kite is maintained by the interaction of the wind on the sail and the proper bridling of the kite. Semi-rigid kites may have spars going in one direction only.
  • FIGURE , MULTI-LINE FIGURE OR NOVELTY KITES- Shapes of these kites represent persons, animals, or other objects. May be controlled by two or more lines. Kites whose surfaces are decorated with pictures or representations of the above are not considered figure kites.
  • STUNTS OR MULTI-LINE KITES- Kites which require more flying lines to lift the kite in the air and keep it steady as it flies.
  • TRADITIONAL KITES- Kites include eastern or western kites using designs that might have been found before 1950 and/or based on designs indigenous to the region they represent. This includes countries such as Bali, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand.
  • LINE ACCESSORIES & GROUND ART – Sometimes referred to as “line art,” this category will included any tethered object. The object may be tethered to a kite, line, or the ground. Examples would include wind socks, bols, wheels, etc.
  • FIGHTER KITES- This category is open to all types and designs of fighter kites
  • INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS & DESIGNS- This category recognizes new designs or styles of kites that do not fit within any other category. Imagination, innovation, experimentation, and originality are added emphasis.

Registration For Mass Ascensions

10:00 a.m., Registration Tent

Mega Red, White, and Blue Fly!

10am to noon – Field B

Sponsored by the World Kite Museum 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Revolution Field

Fly your patriotic kites of all sizes and shapes! Register for the fly in the southeast corner of the field, fly for a half hour and get a one-of-a-kind WKM pin. Don’t forget to guess how many pins, buttons, and beans we have in our giant jar, you could win a cool stunt kite and a family membership to the World Kite Museum.

Fly your red, white, and blues on the museum lawn at (303 Sid Snyder Drive) all week long and get one of our red, white, and blue kite pins with your admission! Registration is free, donations accepted to defer the cost of the pins. One pin per family, group, or individual flier more pins are available for purchase at our booth near the Beer Garden or in the museum store.


Sky Pirates, Event Directors  12:30 Field A

Following in our tradition, a tribute fly is held annually to recognize the contributions of kite makers that have had an impact in the Northwest.  Each year a kite maker is chosen to receive this recognition.  Filling the flying field with kites, banners or wind art that this person has created or inspired in kite making classes pays tribute to the kite maker being recognized.  

This year we are pleased to honor Rob Pratt. Many of you know Rob as the maker of beautiful kites using quilt block patterns.

Rob’s interest in kiting began when his father brought home kites from business trips to San Francisco in the late 60’s and early 70’s. These included many Japanese and Chinese kites.  Rob then started making his own paper kites from newspapers and sticks. Years later Rob was drawn back into kites by trips to the beach and an introduction to sport kites.

One day he wandered into Ken Conrad and Suzanne Sadow’s Great Winds Kite Shop in Seattle and bought his first book on kite making.  He borrowed his mom’s sewing machine and made his first kite, a Rhomboid box, & from there he was hooked.  Shortly after that he joined the Westport Windriders and met Cliff and Gerry Pennell who told him about the Ft. Worden Kitemakers Conference (Port Townsend, WA) and what he could learn there. Rob first attended Ft. Worden 1996 and still continues to attend and teach kite building.   He has been involved with the curriculum and the organizing committees of the Ft. Worden Kitemaker’s Conference & is currently the immediate past president.   He also attends and & has taught kite making classes at Oregon Kitemakers Retreat (Rockaway Beach, OR), Midwest Area Kitemaking Retreat (Oregon, IL) and The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame.  

During his first year at Ft. Worden Kitemakers Conference, Rob took a class from Scott Skinner who talked about using quilt block patterns for kites and all of the possibilities. He also took many classes from John Freeman at the World Kite Museum using different quilting techniques to create kites. This has led Rob to the use of many different quilt blocks for kites. The log cabin and half triangle blocks are currently his favorites.

Rob continues to attend kite making conferences to teach and to learn. He has had the privilege to have taken classes from some of the best and most talented kite artists in the world.  Three kite makers that have influenced him the most are:  Scott Skinner – who started his interest in quilt patterns; John Freeman -  who kept feeding the fire and with Sam Huston who by example showed him how teach. 

As John Freeman often said,”There few better feelings than to have a student show you their flying kite from a class you taught.”

You are invited to bring any kite that Rob has made or one that you have made in one of his many classes.  If you have more than one you are encouraged to grab someone to fly it with you & fill the sky with kites.

The Handcrafted Tribute Fly is a way to honor all our great kite builders.  So please give your suggestions of who to honor next, to the Handcrafted Competition Director.