I’m feeling more secure already…

I’ve made a small upgrade to the site by adding an SSL certificate. You should notice that the site address at the top of your browser now starts with HTTPS instead of the old HTTP.  An SSL certificate encrypts the connection between a website and the visitors’ browser so hackers can’t intercept and steal personal information. Although we don’t collect credit card information, we do save passwords and other personal information on our server.

If you have your own website, or manage one, check out Let’s Encrypt. They’re a non-profit provider of SSL certificates. Quick, painless, and free! Your hosting company may even offer their service as part of your package.

Moonie stops by for a visit

You might have noticed from the site header that my old friend Moonie has once again graced us with his presence. After a self-imposed exile to Costa Rica, Moonie showed up at 3 AM a couple of days ago with a case of good beer and a stack of Warren Zevon cassette tapes. He was mumbling something under his breath about kites and politics and how you just can’t find good grits in Central America. The only cassette player is in my old truck, so we sat out in the driveway until dawn drinking his beer, telling lies and making big plans. I think we woke up the lady next door blasting Lawyers, Guns, and Money. We finished off the beer listening to Don’t Let Us Get Sick just as the sun came up over Hibriten mountain.

A little rounder (but then again,  so am I), and a little deeper blue, it’s sure good to see Moonie again. Don’t know how long he’s staying, but he’s welcome as long as he doesn’t tick off Holly, and brings by beer once in a while. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, he says it’s OK that the gig’s not named after him anymore.

BMK parts and specs

I’ve had several requests for parts and specifications for the stunt kites I made under the Blue Moon Kites banner.  With the exception of the Mamba, I no longer stock parts, nor have the measurements/specs for these kites, including bridles.

The best thing to do is the same I’ve done, and that is to look the info up on the Internet Archive / Wayback Machine.  Go to the archived BMK site and select support>parts>”your kite” from the site menu.

For parts, I’d suggest you contact Jon & Marieanne Trennepohl at Kites & Fun Things / Sky Burner Kites.  They are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.  Most of the replaceable parts on the BMK kites were originally purchased from them.

Adios to the Mamba

Mamba-JohnChileseEnd of the day May 23rd brought an end to new orders for the Mamba. This closes the chapter on my longest-running sport kite. It also closes the chapter, for me, on dual line delta sport kites. Those that know me, know that I almost never say never, but I can say with certainty that there will not be another dual line kite from me, at least not in the form that’s been such a large part of my work and personal life for the last 25 years. It’s time for me to hitch up my big-boy pants and move forward.

To those that contacted me and added a custom Mamba to the final build list, thank you! If we haven’t fleshed out the details already, I’ll be in touch over the next few days.

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OK, where’s the colorizer?

Short answer- sorry, there isn’t one.

Longer version – I’m not publishing a colorizer for the kites.  I know, for some people, it’s a good tool to help visualize color combinations.  I prefer to be involved in the process of coming up with custom color combinations for those so inclined.

My eventual goal is to build the majority of my kites on spec, vs. building everything to order.  I want to continue to take commissions for custom kite colors, but plan to be more hands-on (and perhaps more restrictive) about the way kites look when they leave my studio.  Simply put, I have a way that I’d like for my kites to look.

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