Mike has built and flown his hand-crafted kites for 20 years throughout the United States and attended festivals in Canada, France and Italy. He is a many time award winner in the American Kitefliers Association Grand National kite building competition. He has served on the national competition and convention committees. Mike works in both appliqué and piecework techniques; often placing Southwest Native American art upon historic Asian kite styles. When attending festivals Mike often actively engages spectators in fun conversation and answers their many questions. He will often re-bridle and tune a poor-flying kite in the public flying area to the delight of the owner. Along with attending many festivals as a featured flier, he has conducted volunteer kite building workshops and presentations for school and community groups. He has been an instructor at a kite builders retreat. During his years as a long-time Colorado resident he was an active member of the Foothills Kite Club and co-chairman of the Arvada Kite Festival.