Last night I cut out the overlay set for an 8 foot bullwhip (morgan style). One thing that I did was I pared my strands very boxy, they are pretty much rectangle. That’s hopefully going to give me more of a “morgan” look on this bullwhip.
Cutting this 12 plait set, I was looking at all the waste and thought about how important good hide management is. When making a whip, if you kept all the scrap you cut off you’d be amazed. Just the little bits that you cut off from paring, the parts you cut off to make corners bigger and the inital trim, and of course the parts from the inital trimming of the hide you have a pretty big pile of unusable scrab.
That’s part of why whips are expensive is all the wasted leather…and it takes years to get good at making them!!