July 10, 2006
Very Cool Imported Line Winders

This is one of those occasions when we get to help Update readers make all their kite friends jealous.

We've now got a source for stainless steel, brass, and hardwood winders from China. These are all guaranteed to be in the "Wow! Where did you get that??" category. Use them for flying, for art displays, or just get them out of your treasure drawer every once in a while and fondle them... Take a look and see what we mean.

Chinese Winders

Hand crank winders are traditionally used in Asia to handle light or maneuverable kites. Spool line out by flicking the rotating drum with your thumb. Wind line in by cranking the spokes. They have been around for a thousand years so you know they work! We have four sizes in exotic dark hardwoods with brass accents.

style
Hand Winder
Hand Winder
Hand Winder
Hand Winder
Hand Winder
size
25cm, 9.5 inch
28cm, 11 inch
33cm, 13 inch
33cm, 13 inch
38cm, 15 inch
38cm, 15 inch
material
Red Wood, Brass
Red Wood , Brass
Brass
Black or Red Wood
Brass
Black or Red Wood
cost
$25
$30
$40
$75
$50
$75

Chinese Winders

Take in a lot of line fast with these exquisite extended-spoke winders. You hold the winder in a 'pistol grip" and rotate the spokes with your other hand. Line feeds in through a fishing-style eyelet and onto the guides at the end of each spoke. Choose antique hardwood, modern carbon fiber, stainless steel, or the very cool brass winder.

style
Spoke Winder
Spoke Winder
Spoke Winder
Spoke Winder
Spoke Winder
Spoke Winder
size
26cm, 10.5 inch
30cm, 12 inch
33cm, 13 inch
37cm, 14.5 inch
26cm, 10.5 inch
38cm, 15 inch
material
Carbon Fiber Tube
Carbon Fiber Tube
Red Wood
Brass
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
cost
$80
$90
$90
$150
$55
$70

Chinese Winders

And finally, we have these high-tech stainless-steel Line Wheels. They look like the newest of bicycle technology with a shoulder strap, hand crank, and 'belly brace'. Use a wheel for kites with a moderate pull.

Chinese Winders

style
Line Wheel
Line Wheel
Line Wheel
size
24cm, 9.5 inch
26cm, 10.5 inch
28cm, 11 inch
30cm, 12 inch
material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
cost
$35
$40
$45
$50

We don't plan to carry any of these winders on a long-term basis. Instead we're placing a one time shipment on August 1. So look over the options and email us an order. I can't guarantee quantities so order earlier, not later, And meanwhile, as we travel, we'll keep an eye open for the unusual, the exotic, and the very coolest in kiteology.

Next weekend, I head for Brookings and the Southern Oregon Kite Festival. Then at the end of the month, Susie and I return to Berkeley where I'll be doing some of the announcing. In Early August, we'll be in Rehoboth, Delaware, and Rockaway, New York).

See you out there!

Tube Tail Sale!

Here your chance for a good deal on a big inflatable tube!

Between now and July 15, we'll take 20% off your cost on any tube tail purchase of 75 feet or longer. Order Snake Tails, Space Socks, Transition Tubes, or Diamond Tubes. A complete selection can be found on our Tube Pages.

You choose the size and colors, we'll make them up for you and cut 20% -- from the price, not the tail!

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