Denis Dallaire

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 9 years, 9 months ago

    No problem, I’ve obviously not checked back in a while either…lol.  I picked up some better fans in Chinatown last time I was in Toronto, and I’ll see how those work out.  I also think I need to use lighter fabric.

  • Patric Nast posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 1 month ago

    Hey Steven sorry I have been busy and distracted and not checked back he in a bit. Most of my sets really do not have a stiff leading edge. On some of the last sets I have made I have sewn in some weighted cord into the seam along the leading edge to help it fly […]

  • Hi Chris,
    I usually prefer Habotai Silk, 8 mumme (mm), 45″ wide.   5 mm and 10 mm Habotai are also used frequently.  5mm is great for lightweight larger sized flags, and 10mm makes for heavier, more durable sets.
    I’ve also tried Charmeuse, Crepe de Chine, and Organza.
    Regards,
    Phillip

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 4 months ago

    How do you get a stiff leading edge?  (insert baaaad sexual joke here)
    But no, really, I have about 5″ of fabric past the edge of my outer spine.  Am I just not using a fan that’s long enough?

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 4 months ago

    I’ve discovered over time that when I’m trying to figure something out for myself, I tend to make things WAAAAY more complicated than I really need to…lol.  What you’ve posted here makes much more sense!  It also removes the nasty business of trying to pass a needle through some very sticky tape (thereby also removing the […]

  • Patric Nast posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 4 months ago

    Circumference = πd (that is 3.1415926 x diameter) Ouch math make brain hurt! Your recipe is a bit more complicated than the one I have been working. Not that there is anything wrong with it. You might be happier with your finished fan than you would following anyone else’s recipe to the letter. One thing I do different […]

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 4 months ago

    This is as far as I got.  I had steps beyond #9 for The Covering, but those didn’t work out, so I removed them.  If either of you (or anyone else) has close-up pictures of your fan-building process, or pictures of completed fans, I would love to see them.  I’ve hunted through the internet, and you’d […]

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 4 months ago

    Hahaha, the ribs were the one thing I *did* remember from my conversation with Brent years ago.  Now it’s just getting them attached to the fabric.  I’ve found a preference for sewing them on (mostly because I just can’t wrap my head around how glue or tape will hold under the centrifugal forces) although early attempts […]

  • Patric Nast posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Ah, here is an excerpt from my recipe for Ribs on reinforcing with tape. Hope this helps Reinforcing the ribs- On top of clean cutting board or surface lay out one drilled rib. Stretch out a measure of strapping tape and cut a piece about 13” long. Apply this tape on to top of rib. lining up edge […]

  • Patric Nast posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Hey there Steven sorry I didn’t see your post until now. Sounds like you are on a good track to fashion yourself a set of fans. The bamboo ribs you stripped the paper off should be sanded down a bit if there is any adhesive or paper remnant left behind. You should also make your self […]

  • Dorian Davenport 2 weeks, 5 days said ago: For those of us that would be interested in a detailed step-by-step instruction manual that are unable to travel, would there ever be a way for that to be explained, sent, paid for, etc?

    Good news, Dorian – I’ve been converting the articles from one of our souvineer books, and they are […]

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Oh, one more thing I forgot:  One ply of fabric, or two?  As in, are the spines sandwiched between two layers of cloth, or just stuck onto one?

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for the reply Gary!  I was starting to think no one was listening…lol.  So…. you just glue them on?  No sewing, extending the spines with filament tape, etc etc etc?  (Of course, I go for the hardest possible route every time, never thought of using “just glue”…)  So, if it’s glue, which kind?

  • I suggest you try making a pair both ways and see what works best for you. I myself cut the cords in the corner. As I prefer the flatness and the aesthetics of the 90degree corner. Though many people I know prefer to fold rather than cut the weights. Just remember there is no wrong way […]

  • Gary Chambers posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Steven,  I flag at fly quite often.  As far as fans go, I hope this helps.  Your right on track as far as wrapping the spines with tape.  Hope you remembered to remove that metal grommit from the base and replace it with a piece of soft lacing (this lossens up the fans and allows them […]

  • Christine posted on the forum topic Hello! in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Thank you for the info! Neon, when I made mine, I just folded over the fabric and used the zig zag pattern over the weights to cover them up 🙂 Hope this is helpful. 

  • Steven posted on the forum topic Fan Design in the group Group logo of Flagging ForumFlagging Forum: 10 years, 5 months ago

    Well, its been awhile with no responses.  So, I’m in the process of muddling through it myself, and documenting steps along the way.  If everything turns out in working order, I will be publishing my instructions here for anyone who cares to read it.

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