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!
The end had been broken off, if I remember correctly this was a dog that chewed through the whip.
After chatting with the owner and giving them some options they decided to put the new end of the whip where the whip was chewed off. I had to unbraid the whip a bit and taper the inside a little bit, the put a new fall on it.
I also added in a pack of polypro crackers.
This whip shipped back to its owner cracking a lot better than it did when they shipped it to me! If you’ve got a whip that needs repairs feel free to contact me!
I recently had this stock whip come in for a repair.
It needed a new fall and point plaited onto the whip. Quite often when a whip comes in for a repair they are very dry. One of the first things that I do is give it a coat of grease. However many whips are beyond repair and will basically turn to dust if you try to move the strands. This whip was on the edge, however I was able to get a new fall onto it!
The moral of the story is to make sure your whips don’t get dried out. A light coat of Pecard’s Leather dressing a couple of times a year on a whip that you don’t use will help keep it in good shape.
I just got a bullwhip in the mail that got chewed up by a dog. The handle is in rough shape:
It’s not just the overlay that got tore up, it’s the bolster under it as well.
Luckily it looks like the layers under the outer bolster are OK, which is a good thing.
The game plane is to cut off the bolster above where it’s damaged and replace that leather. This will be a little bit tricky as I’ll need to match up the thickness. For the overlay on the handle, I’m going to have to untie the transition knot, and secure the strands under it. Then I’ll have to cut off the strands below where I secure them. Then I’ll have to add in new strands and plait them and of course redo the knot foundation.
Recently I was performing at a festival and ran into Henrik Bothe. He’s a juggler and many years ago he had gotten a 4 foot bullwhip from me. He had the whip that I made with his show and still uses it in the show.
Here’s the whip:
When I saw it I notice it could use a bit of a tune up. The point over the years had loosened.
I replaited the point of the whip:
Now Henrik has a whip that’s good as new! If you need a whip that needs a bit of a tune up, let me know!
The point was blown out, so it needed to have that replaited and a fall/cracker put on. The handle was completely worn out, however the owner wanted to keep that worn out handle so it looked old. However he did intend for the whip to still be used occasionally, so I did put a heel knot on it. If I didn’t the knot foundation wouldn’t last long.
Here’s the finished bullwhip:
I took it to the park and gave it a few cracks, it’s got a lot of life left in it!