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Dogstaking; facing the wind flying.

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SparkieRob

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I'm in the development stage of making a dogstake to fly my kites through. Dogstake I hear you say. It's where you fly your kite with the strings looping around a pulley so you are facing the back of your kite. Like line bending but with a specific piece of kit. It's not a new concept, was first introduced by Lee Sedgewrick in the late '80s. I have been doing line bending using the soccer goals at the park across the road from my place. But looped around a pole is far from ideal. Hence the idea to make a dogstake. Or rather, to make up a set of pulleys to attach to a dogstake and use that. 

I got some pulleys that are pretty good but short of making the trek to a sail hardware wholesaler the D shackles have been a bit of a pain. I need the extra wide mouth to accommodate having 2 pulleys per shackle. Think I'll have to bunk out of work early and trek to Whitworths or bite the bullet and pay for delivery. 

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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I've seen this before and love the concept!!

Tried it with a two stringer before, was ok, but I think the Rev will be far more fun.

Please keep us informed of how you go with the pulleys. :clapping:

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i used to use one of these, the stainless ring was plenty smooth enough that no line fray occurred.

its a good party trick, especially standing directly under the kite flying ;)

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i used to use one of these, the stainless ring was plenty smooth enough that no line fray occurred.

its a good party trick, especially standing directly under the kite flying ;)

 

yep same hear no problems but hard to trick.

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Did you get the dog stake up and running Rob?

I'm not sure my head would be able to handle this kind of flying.

If you tack welded the two shackles (black blocks) together just as they are laying in your photo (with maybe a small 10mm wide spacer between them for clearance, for when you add the other two shackles/blocks at right angles) and then added the other two shackles at right angles with all the screw pins threaded into the centre of the bundle, looking like a cross end on, you would have a nice neat cluster that would be easy to tether with your webbing.

Would your lines tend to run down the side of the blocks and jamb? Maybe a guide is needed if the line tension wasn't maintained.

Keen to see how it has developed.

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