got my camera back.
Here's some photos of how I did the bow line.
I burned a couple holes in the pocket and ran a piece of bridle line around the spar.
(note that the horizontal spars almost never come out of their pockets, even when you store the kite)
It's attached with a larkshead on one side:
Here's a view from the front of the sail:
And here's the back again, on the other side. This shows the tension adjustment using a regular 'ol 4 hole button.
Front and back views of the button:
Here's a quick and dirty way to make the bridle. I usually don't start with my bridle this way, but this is how they wind up after the bridle gets cut during a battle anyway. This is a no-measure way that works out in the field.
going back to this photo:
The bridle is made of three separate lines.
For the bit that attaches to the top horizontal spar:
Measure a generous length of line and make a loop on either end. Larks head the ends to the spar (take the spar out of it's pocket for this)
Pull down the middle of the line so that it hits the bottom horizontal spar and is centered (see the diagram above).
Tie an overhand knot there and cut off the excess line.
Do something similar for the bottom spar bridle, except this time stretch the center up to the top of the kite.
It's easy to remember this if you think about the angle the kite flies in the sky. The bottom is angled away from you, so it has to be longer.
Make the third piece of line about 2 1/2 feet long or so (I measure it by holding the line from my fingertips to the center of my chest).
Make a loop on either end. Fold in half and find the center. Mark it with a sharpie.
Larkshead this line to the top and bottom bridle knots.
Finally, make a loop of line about 8 inches long and tie to the center (the last one you attached) with a prusik
This your flying line attachment.
The mark on your line will be pretty close to where it needs to be to fly the kite. Adjust up or down depending on wind conditions.
Sorry I took so long to get back to you. You've probably figured something out already.
Hope this made sense--I'm heading out of town on a spur of the moment thing with Rose tomorrow (not kite related), so I'm a bit rushed today.