Instructors and classes for the 2023 conference will be posted here as they become available. In the meantime, here are the past conference offerings to whet your kitemaking appetite!
The instructors for the 2022 conference are set and it is another great slate!
The following instructors have accepted invitiations to present their projects at the upcoming Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference! Check them out and see what sparks your interest!
- Class duration ranges from 1/2 day to 2 full days.
- We have beginner, intermediate, and experienced level classes.
- We will offer kites and line laundry, miniature kites and large kites.
- You can sew or not sew.
- Most classes use ripstop but some may use paper or plastic.
Regretfully, this class has been cancelled for 2022. If you have already registered for this class, you will be contacted as to your preference for an alternate class. We look forward to Dave’s always popular Celtic miniature kite class again in the future.
Scarfe Flow Form Kite
You will be building a 30 SQ Ft Soft Kite with a drogue based on a kite that was originally designed By Phil Scarfe of England. The Kite flies very well in winds up to 10-12 MPH
Gig Harbor, Washington
Kitemakers will make a spinning spiral that has different colors on the
front and on the back. Students will learn about sewing inside out, seam placement of the pieces and attachment techniques, creating a spiral line laundry that changes colors as it spins.
In Brian’s class students will sew individual 18″ Eddy kites that can be used to form an Arch. Each
kite will have its own line to be used for attachment which will provide the ability to modify the Arch by adding more kites at a
later time or rearranging the order of them.
Dunton-Taylor Box Delta
Chris returns to FWKC to teach an upsized Dunton-Taylor Box Delta with a “sprung” spreader. The unique spreader compresses as the wind increases.
Mini Bird Kites
Burnaby, BC, Canada
A frequent teacher, Dan will teach students how to split bamboo next to hair thick, and make 5 or 6 different birds from printed and plain skins such as Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Magpie, Red winged black bird, Condor
Knife and Scissor Sharpening
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Dan will also teach us his techniques to sharpen or rejuvenate our tools for the best cuts of fabric and spars. Bring knives, scissors, round blades, needles, or whatever you would like to learn to sharpen.
Lenoir, North Carolina
Regretfully, this class has been cancelled for 2022. If you have already registered for this class, you will be contacted as to your preference for an alternate class. A popular instructor, we look forward to Ken returning again in the future.
Transition Della Porta
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Barbara will be returning this year to teach a transition Della Porta kite complete with tail. Start with squares, stack, slice, rotate, insert, sew. Repeat, repeat, repeat until your design is achieved, creating a unique kite complete with 25 ft fuzzy tail.
Korean Wave Kite
Cliff is back again to teach students the basic construction of a sail for the Korean Wave Kite Train.
Intro to Kitemaking
Another of our long time teachers (+25 times!) is Gerry, who will be teaching her always popular intro to kitemaking. Learn the basics of sewing kite material and hear invaluable tips and tricks, plus make a wonderful pocket sled kite or a classic windsock.
3 Stick Magic Kite
San Diego, CA
Scott and Jose will present a variation of their “three-stick magic” paper and bamboo kite workshop offering two distinctly different approaches to taking three, equal-length spars and creating a flyable kite in shape and form limited only by the student’s imagination.
The Essentials Quad Kite
Spence will present his standard Essentials, a full-sized Hadzicki-wing quad line kite, his design for a simple but high quality quad line sport kite designed to maximize durability and long term performance.
San Diego, CA
Jose will lead a seminar on his applique technique, which was handed down to him, and that he will hand down to you.
Scott will lead a session on the quick 9-piece patchwork technique.
And stand by for additional presentations by other instructors.