About the Maryland Kite Society
Organized on January 25, 1969, The Maryland Kite Society (MKS) is the second oldest active kite club in the United States. While its membership hails mainly from the mid-Atlantic states, the MKS boasts members from across the nation and several foreign countries.MKS's official set of purposes include sharing information about kitemaking and kiteflying, providing ongoing continuity and support for local kite festivals and subsidiary groups of kiting enthusiasts, and providing a community education resource for the development of kite craftspeople and flyers of present and future generations.
The 2020 MKS Winter Retreat will feature multiple award winning kitemaker Chris Hanson!
Our 2020 retreat will be held in the
same location as in recent years, the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City,
Maryland. The retreat will begin on Friday evening February 14 and
end on Monday noon February 17.
Chris hails from Bellingham, a beautiful college town in northwest Washington State. He can usually be found flying kites in the smooth winds off Bellingham Bay.
Chris was introduced to kite making by the late Ron Button in the summer of 2009. Starting with Tyvek and wood dowels, he made sleds and simple box kites. Ron bugged him until he got a cheap sewing machine and started working with ripstop. He hasn’t slowed down since.
Chris says “I really enjoy all three phases of kite making: The design process, the creation process, and of course, the flying. I can always justify the costs of materials by comparing it to the cost of therapy!”
In 2015 he bought a 3D printer and started making kite fittings. The design freedom that 3D printing gives has enabled Chris to win the high Structural Design score at Nationals 3 times.
In 2017, Chris went to Vietnam with his wife. Venturing outside of Hanoi, he located a village that claims a 1000 year old kite making tradition. You can read about the adventure in the Summer 2017 edition of AKA Kiting magazine.
Chris has previously taught kite making classes at the Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference, the Oregon Kitemakers Retreat, and the Bellingham Makerspace.