Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

The last couple of days here in the Seattle we’ve gotten (for us) a lot of snow.  I think our city normally averages something like 5ish inches a year and in one day we got about 9 inches of snow!  Add that to the topography of the region which is mostly hills and you get a slippery mess!

However I saw the silver lining and took this as a chance to test of the little tub of Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing that I bought a little while ago.

fiebings snowproof dressing

Also this is a chance for me to point out that you can take kangaroo bullwhips  and use them in the rain and snow.  There’s this general misconception that if you take you kangaroo whips outside in the rain you’ll ruin them. That’s simply not true.

What is true is that if you do take your whips outside in the rain or snow you will need to maintain them properly and it’s not that hard to do.  A coat of dressing before you take them out will help block the moisture from getting into your whip while you are cracking.  When you are finished cracking your whips you dry them off and give them another light coat of dressing.

That’s it, it’s not to hard.

Now back to my use of the Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing.  This stuff feels a bit more like Pecard Leather Dressing than the Fiebing’s Aussie Dressing does however it felt like it penetrated into my whips easier than Pecard’s does.  It didn’t take as much friction / heat to get it apply it, so that’s a plus.

I put a coat on my whips and took them out in the snow:

One thing I noticed was that my whips didn’t really get wet!  After cracking them in the snow they ended up very cold, but not wet.  I gave them a rub down with a towel anyway and another light coat of dressing.

I expected the falls of the whips at the very least to pick up some moisture but they never felt like they picked up any additional water weight while cracking.   Keep in mind that snow is a lot different from rain, where snow is basically a solid unlike rain which is a liquid.

If I was to go out and crack my whips in the snow again I would use Fiebing’s Snowproof again!


5 thoughts on “Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

  1. I cracked a whip made of tooling calf skins when the grass was wet before, it was more so than

    dew but less so than if it had just rained. I didn’t think to put any pecards on before, but

    I did dry it off and dress it after. No harm done. I’m still using the same fall on the whip and it’s

    in great shape.

    Thanks for the idea to put it on before, I hadn’t thought of that!

    1. Jeremy,

      If you are going out cracking in wet conditions I think a coat of dressing BEFORE is more important that after. The dressing before will block or retard the water from getting in to the whip in the first place.

      Water isn’t what’s bad for a whip. What water can cause is what’s bad for a whip.


    1. Jeff,

      We were working on her throwing an snow ball and me hitting it and the only time I was able to hit one she threw was when the camera was off. It was really hard because she throws like a 7 year old girl. Nothing remotely consistent, however to her credit the snow balls as targets were her idea.


  2. I agree, I just didn’t think about it at the time. There was no harm done to the whip though,

    that would probably take me doing what I did several times for it to have a chance of hurting it.

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