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« on: June 20, 2011 01:58:17 PM »

Well, today really has been a kite day. I've just finished sewing myself up another set of handles.

The length with the stick in sits behind my fingers and the bit with the yellow string sticks out between my 2nd and ring fingers. It's comfortable enough to support all my weight (although I do need brass sticks for the handles for that).
Ingredients: polyester sewing thread, red nylon webbing, 2 short pieces of dowel, velcro and kevlar line (the yellow string).

Method, oh, I'm tired today, available on request- I can't imagine there are that many kiters on here who don't like the commercially available handles. It's straightforward, but fiddly.

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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011 06:54:53 PM »

How interesting! I don't know much about kites, other than I love looking at them Smiley. I've never done any kind of kite flying that's advanced enough to require handles. Are you afraid of getting your fingers stuck??

« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 02:59:03 AM »

The sort of kite flying I do, needs a lot of hand/wrist/arm movements to get the kite to fly in particular directions, most people use loops of webbing around the wrist and held in the fingers, but it carries a risk of carpel tunnel syndrome, and I like my wrists too much for that. Wink

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