I got into design through kites. In my teenage years, I designed and made hundreds of kites.
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 in modern materials of ripstop and carbon fibre.
This parafoil is a big lifter. I’ve made quite a few inflatable kites, and was fortunate get a private workshop about parafoils by Stretch Tucker in the 90’s.
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.