Don was bitten by the “Kiting Bug” in 1998 on a beach in Mexico. On his return home, he bought a single line delta kite, followed by a dual line kite and it has grown from there. Don enjoys building kites, doing flying demonstrations and other outings. Don has won awards for kite making at the Washington State International Kite Festival, and for kite making at the American Kitefliers Association National Convention.
Don’s kite bags contain a variety of single line, dual line and quad line kites, line laundry, and ground displays. Some of both Don’s and the public’s favourites are his flow form, his flex kite, his ghost delta, his swallow flock, and his spikey bouncer, which has provided hours of enjoyment to the young and not so young. Don enjoys interacting and talking with the public at kite festivals. Don and his wife Alice have participated in numerous kite festivals in Canada and the United States.
Don and Alice have instructed kite making workshops in a number of schools and other organizations and enjoy seeing the reactions of children making and then flying their first kite.
When her husband Don took up kite flying about 15 years ago, Alice tagged along with him and volunteered in the one of the children’s tents at the Winnipeg Kite Festival. The following year she became a kite mascot wandering around the fields in her diamond kite costume giving and handing out information. When Don became more involved in the kite festival she assisted him in his duties and eventually started to assist him in the flying and making of kites. Alice says she is not a real kite flyer, but as she named herself, a “HUMBLE ASSISTANT”. Alice likes to fly single line figure kites and claims the best way to fly is sitting in a lawn chair soaking up the suns rays. She also makes the occasional miniature kite and enjoys doing kids kite making work shops with her husband Don.