|I believe that I have had an interest in kites since I can remember. It wasn't until just recently (in the past 10 years) that I was able to do anything about this hobby. My parents would have thought that I was crazy: "You want to spend how much, on what?" Now that I am controlling my own finances, I can do what I can afford. My wife, Ann, thinks that I'm living my childhood in my 30's.
I think I started out like a lot of other kite makers. I bought a few kites and then decided that I can do better and the kite will really be my own. The first kites that I made were sport kites because at the time I was on my way up through the ranks of the sportkite circuit.
My first kite-making competition was at the USAF Air Force Museum Kite Festival in Dayton, OH. A gentleman by the name of Mike Keating talked me into the kite-making competition in Delta. Delta Dervatives. WOW! I thought, maybe I got something here.
Around this same time, I was just getting to know Adrian Conn. I would have to say that Adrian has been a major influence to my building, and technique. He taught me a lot. He talked me into building my first parafoil. So...I spent a weekend at his house cuting from his templates. I think one of the thiings that impressed Adrian at that time, was that he didn't have to "hold my hand" while I put the kite together. He told me that other people were on the phone with him constantly asking for instruction at each building step.