This is the week of unusual whip repairs. I have another stock whip that came in for a new fall.
Upon closer look at the fall this fall hitch wasn’t the normal fall hitch most whip makers use.
Here’s a little closer view of the fall hitch:
I’ve never seen this type of hitch in person, but have seen it in Ron Edwards book How To Make Whips:
It’s described on page 149 of the book as Maurice Doohan’s Hitch. Here’s the finished fall hitch:
And the whole whip as it’s going back to its owner today:
In the How To Make Whips book the author mentions this works best on new whips, not on repairs. After tying the hitch, I get the feeling that advice is more from an ease of making standpoint. I can see how much easier it’d be to do that hitch with new lace over old lace.
This was a fun repair for me as it took me out of what I normally do!