Bullwhips everywhere!

Bullwhips everywhere!

I’m always amazed in my travels how many whips I run into.  Here’s one at a place that makes belts:

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Then a few weeks ago I was teaching a workshop for magicians in Omaha, NE.  One of the magicians attending mentioned to me he had some whips.  After the workshop I checked out what he had with him:

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He know the who the makers of all the whips were except for one.  The whip below he didn’t know who made it, but said it had a great crack.
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Luckily I knew who made it…it was me!  Here’s the whip when it was new:

The whip had changed hands a couple of times over the years. It’s always great to see whips I’ve made!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Unbuild

Bullwhip Unbuild

If you’ve read my blog since it got started you’ll know I’ve taken apart many whips over the years.  These are whips made by the top whip makers in the USA and the world…and some by whip makers that aren’t top of their game.

Since the nylon bullwhip from Pakistan isn’t one I’m going to use I figure why not take it apart.  Here’s the whip before:

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So far I’ve gotten just shy of about halfway through the unbraiding process. Before we get to the pictures here are a couple of things visually that I notice before taking apart the whip:

1:  The transition knot is larger in diameter than the heel knot. After taking apart the knots there is no real reason for this other  than style.  It makes me wonder why it’s done that way when most modern whips have equal sized knots or larger heel knots.

2. The strand drops are really strange looking.  Where the strands drop the strand to be dropped is on top of the strand next to it.  After seeing inside the whip I think the strand drops aren’t drops at all, they are “strand adds”.  Meaning the whip is braided from the point  towards the handle and strands are added instead of dropped.

Okay now here’s the photo gallery with some notes:

I’m very interested in this core that is wrapped in electrical tape.  From the tip that isn’t covered it looks like it’s paracord with a leather bolster on top then electrical tape.  We’ll see what’s up when we get there…

Louie
http://bullwhips.org