Like the swallows to Capistrano…

…the Mamba is coming back to Blue Moon Kites.

A couple years ago, a good friend suggested that I should never really discontinue anything. I didn’t give it too much thought at the time, but in retrospect, he was right. I’d already made the decision to discontinue a couple of my kites, and darned if I was going to let good sense and wisdom get in my way!

I’m excited about the return of the Mamba. I had a chance to spend a little time with one recently, for the first time in a long time, and it reignited that old spark.

I think the time is right to bring a sport kite or two back into the Blue Moon lineup. For me, it represents a return to my roots in kiting. It also helps keep alive the tradition of the dual line kite that’s made from scratch by the professional kitemaker that designed it.

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It’s a pattern…

Is it odd that I love making patterns? If I had to pick one thing that I enjoy the most about making kites (besides watching someone fly one of my designs with a big grin on their face), it would be making patterns. Maybe it’s because once I get a design to the point where I can do final refinements on the pattern, the rest of the process can be put on autopilot. Cutting, scraping and sanding the edges of a perfect progressive curve, making sure to leave enough of an entrance flat to make it easy to hem the edge smoothly and repeatably? Yeah, probably a little odd, but I’m OK with that. 😉

OK, where’s the colorizer?

Short answer- sorry, there isn’t one.

Longer version – I’m not publishing a colorizer for the kites.  I know, for some people, it’s a good tool to help visualize color combinations.  I prefer to be involved in the process of coming up with custom color combinations for those so inclined.

My eventual goal is to build the majority of my kites on spec, vs. building everything to order.  I want to continue to take commissions for custom kite colors but plan on being more hands-on (and perhaps more restrictive) about the way kites look when they leave my studio.  Simply put, I have a way that I’d like for my kites to look.

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