I got into design through kites. In my teenage years, I designed and made hundreds of kites. Here is a small selection of them.

Chain Windsock 1991

The first commercial design that I ever put into production was a chain windsock. I designed it when I was 14. It was manufactured under licence for many years by Gomberg Kites in the USA. Here it’s being lifted by my old fighting kite, a Japanese style of kite called a Rokakku, but made from modern materials – ripstop and carbon fibre.

Parafoil 1992

This parafoil is a big lifter. I’ve made quite a few inflatable kites, and was fortunate get a private workshop about parafoils from Stretch Tucker in the 90s at Martin Lester’s workshop.


100 Blue Kites – 1990

This stack of 100 blue kites was made in about 1998-1990. We spent many happy hours untangling it on Polzeath beach in Cornwall. It still flies.

Stack of 100 blue kites

Cody Manlifter – 1988

When I was 11, I didn’t realise that 11 year olds shouldn’t teach themselves how to make one of the most complex kites designs out there with 11.5ft wingspan, this was a big kite. It’s a 100 year old design that pre-dates powered flight. Cody would fly trains of 5 or more of these kites, with a basket to lift people up. Its sail is Balloon nylon offcuts from Cameron Balloons in Bristol.

AKF Playsail – 1992

I organised the Avon Kite Flyers to do a community project to make a big display kite, a 30m2 Playsail. I also sewed the cat in the middle, and did a lot of the assembly.

AKF Windbow – 1993

After the success of the Playsail, I organised the Avon Kite Flyers to make another BIG display kite, a Windbow – it’s 35m long. Here it is flying at the Bristol Kite Festival in the 90s with George Peters and one of his original Windbow designs.

Rokakko Fighting Kites – 1989 to 1996

I made and flew a lot of Japanese fighting kites, my kite fighting team were pretty successful and won a few competitions. The graphics for many of the kites I made were designed by my sister Lucy, including this one.

Cellular Kite – 1993

Mini Kites

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Flying Toilet – 1994

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Kite Skating – 1994ish

Here I am in my first pair of Rollerblades skating on Weston Seafront at Weston Kite Festival, kite skating with a Falhawk Powerkite. I’m guessing the year was 1992-1995.

I also flew a lot of these….