One thing I’ve learned in the past about making big orders of bullwhips is the importance of stretching before you start plaiting. For example yesterday I braided the insides and outsides of two six foot bullwhips, so that over 20 feet of plaiting! My hands and arms are tired, however without doing a bit of stretching before braiding they’d be a lot more sore!
It’s not just the braiding, but the cutting and pretty much anything will wear out your hands, and I can’t lose time as I have a deadline for this order, so I can’t be out of work for a day or two because my hands are sore.
The other thing about making these whips is looking to have productive time that is a different task with my hands. So cutting is using my hands differently than plaiting which is different than rolling whips.
This is a hard balancing act as to save time it’s easier to do things Assembly Line Style. So I try to do all of one task at a time. It saves it set up and clean up time, as well as you get much faster at a particular task when you aren’t constantly changing gears.
Today should be the last day of plaiting overlays for the six bullwhips! Tomorrow my hands will get a plaiting break as I get to work on the knots and making the handles for the stock whips!