A big thanks, a three-day sale, more news and notes…

Thank you, my friends –

Thank you, to all that helped make it possible for Blue Moon Kites to see another new year! 2020 was a year unlike any in my lifetime, and probably yours as well. Our world has seen more than its share of tears and uncertainty, but also heroes and survivors. I pray that 2021 brings us times of much joy and health, peace, tolerance, justice, and prosperity. I hope that soon we’ll be able to share a field or beach, brought together in celebration of the things that bond us, and the people we admire, respect, and love. I look forward to many hugs and handshakes and being able to fly kites, shoulder to shoulder, with my friends and family, old and new.

Three Day Sale – 

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As normally happens this time of year, business has dropped off precipitously. The bills, oddly enough, have not. So, I need to kick things into a higher gear to keep things rolling, as well as generate a little cash to replenish inventory levels on materials.

From now through Monday, the 18th, get 10% off on any new kite order! If you’ve had a Blue Moon kite on your wish list, it might be a good time to take the plunge. If you’re there spiritually, but the piggy bank says “not quite”, a $50 deposit by Monday, on the kite of your choice, will let you take the 10% off any kite I can get on my table before the end of February.

Other News and Notes –

– 2020 saw one totally new kite and one major re-think of an old friend, to the BMK lineup. The Tsuru is the new kid on the block, and it’s doing well. I’m very pleased with the response and look forward to seeing many Tsuru on the ends of lines in the coming years. The M3 is a major update and re-thinking of my classic Mamba. This one has come on a little softer, but it’s a sleeper. I predict the M3 will open a lot of eyes this year.

– The BMK ‘Flight Line’ forum is up and running, and we’ve had some great conversations. What it needs, is your voice. Join us!

– I’ve added a reviews tool to each of the kite pages on the BMK site. I look for it to be a great way to share owner reviews. If you own a Blue Moon kite that’s still on the menu, from the Ichiban to the Tsuru, please take a minute and share your thoughts.

– For most of the last 20 years, I’ve worked out of a tiny 153 sq. ft. studio tacked onto the back of the garage. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be taking over the dining room of our home, and my studio will become a cabinet shop. I’ve got a new kitchen to build, as time and resources permit! This will also make it possible to make some much-needed updates to both spaces. Lumber, plumbing, and Icarex don’t come cheap, so please keep us in mind when you feel the need for a new wind toy. 😉

Thank you, once again. Be well, be happy. I hope to see you all out there soon.

Tsuru price increase

Due to the time spent crafting the Tsuru being more than I’d expected, I need to take a bit of a price increase. The price of the Tsuru will be increasing $20, to $359 starting next Monday, Nov. 16th. Changes made to improve the kite late in the design process added to the complexity and ‘fussiness’ of the build.

Orders already in the build queue, as well as those that come in before the end of the day on the 15th, will be at the current price of $339.

Thank you all, for your business and support!

Win my Tsuru!

How about a kite for Thanksgiving? I have a very nice Tsuru demo, with very little time on the clock, that you can win!

As you probably know, I opened the Blue Moon Kites forum at the end of August, and everything is going great, but we need more active members! To that end, BMK is having a little contest. Here’s the plan – at the end of the day on November 20th I will select, at random, the name of one forum member who will win the kite.

You know there’s fine print involved, right? Well, here it is – at the time of the drawing, you need to be a member in good standing of the Blue Moon Kites forum, and have three substantive posts or replies. What’s a substantive post? It’s a post that contains at least one complete sentence that adds value to the conversation, not just a word or two. If you’re a current member, and already have three posts, good job, you’re already in the draw pool! That’s it, that’s all there is to it!

The prize kite is my personal demo/test kite and will have a few easy hours on it. It’s the purple Tsuru, standard frame, that’s in the attached pictures. It does have a series of very small holes in each leading edge that will be cleanly covered with insignia tape. I’ll even pay for shipping in the US. If the winner is from outside the US, they will be responsible for the cost of shipping, taxes, duties, etc.

Join the BMK forum today for a chance to win my Tsuru!

Tsuru and M3 pre-orders and queue update

Thank you, to all of the folks that have placed pre-orders for the Tsuru and Mamba M3 in the last few weeks! Your enthusiasm about the kites, and your faith in me to deliver something you’ll enjoy, thrill me more than I can tell you. I’d like to give you a quick status update.

Bottom line is that I’m running at least two weeks behind my original build schedule on the Tsuru and Mamba M3. That means that if I gave you an original target build date, I’m going to miss it by at least that long, quite possibly longer. Continue reading “Tsuru and M3 pre-orders and queue update”

Stepping away for a few days…

I know this may seem like odd timing, with just introducing two new kites and launching the forum, but I need to go ‘dark’ for the next several days.

The kites are out there, and building a little buzz. The forum is up and running, and seems to be relatively bug-free so far.

I’m heading to Wisconsin early this coming Friday morning to fly some kites, and more importantly, catch up with some dear old friends and meet some new ones. I have one big kite project to finish up today, which leaves me four days to do what should be about 10 days work.

I’ll check in evenings, and try to stay somewhat current. What I won’t be able to do is engage in long back-and-forth conversations via email, Facebook, forum, etc. I’ll be on the road all day on Friday and Monday, and should be back in my studio sometime on Tuesday, the 8th.

Let me know if anything catches fire, or absolutely, positively, critically needs my attention!

Take care, be nice to each other, fly a kite!

A new kite, a major update, and more…

I won’t go into a lot of details here but instead point you back to the new pages, where you can get the full scoop.

First up is a totally new kite, the Tsūru. I’m excited about this one, the first all new sport kite under the Blue Moon banner in a long time.

BMK’s long-time favorite, the Mamba, is being retired and replaced by the M3! The M3 is available in standard sail trim, as well as specials, like the eagle pattern shown here.

Both kites are available for pre-order now with a $50 deposit through the BMK shop. There will be links to the shop pages on each kite’s web page after 5 PM today (Friday, Aug. 28th). Both the Tsūru and M3 will be in production beginning around Sep. 8th.

The last thing on the agenda for today is the new Blue Moon Kites forum. I know, there are folks that say forums are dead, but I think it’s still a great tool for sharing information, getting answers, and building a community. Please consider joining the BMK forum today.

If you find yourself in Wisconsin over Labor Day weekend, I’ll be at the Kites Over Lake Michigan festival in Two Rivers. Stop by and say hi, and get a test ride on a new Tsūru or M3.