When I first started making bullwhips I braided on a hook on my deck and my seams were very “wonky”. Then I put a vise in my office and my seams straightend out. Recently I rearranged my office and have a hook on the wall and no longer have a vise set up. I’ve notice my seams haven’t been as straight since I switched to the hook.
Then today I figured it out! My Seam is going very straight on the whip that I’m working on. One of the things that I really enjoy about making whips is the trial and error. Figuring out new things and trying different techniques while making bullwhips.
What did I do to straighten my seams? Well I went back to basics an focused on technique and changed one little thing and what a difference that made! I can’t tell you what I did to fix it because if you are paying attention to how you are braiding you aren’t having the problem I did (poor technique). I think the vise allowed me to get a bit sloppy, but the hook whipped me back into shape.