For the last two days I’ve been working on making a stockwhip handle. It starts as a 12 plait at the keeper end and ends at a 24 plait at the butt end. I’ve got the overlay finished and just need to tie the knots on the handle…oh then I need to do make the thong.
Right now I’m reading the book Absinthe and Flamethrowers, this book has tutorials on how to do a lot of things. This book has a chapter on how to crack a bullwhip and that chapter’s expert is Robert Dante. The book leaves lots to be desired (not Dante’s fault), but it does teach the forward crack and covers safety.
Also a couple of days ago I listed the 20 plait bullwhip on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220437911556
On Saturday I got a couple of books called the Turkshead Cookbook vol 1 and 2. These books have methods for tying all sorts of turksheads using a special “Turkshead Tool”. I’ve tied a few knots with it with string, and I’m going to do one with some roo lace soon. Once I try using it a bit I’ll write a litte review of the book. So far I thinks its a good way to learn to tie complex knots.