After the first half we broke into two groups and taught the basic cattleman’s crack to everyone and then the last few minute we regrouped and chatted about everyone’s whip cracking experience.
Here are the pictures that I took:
Here’s a video of Will doing a comedy body wrap, John doing some bullwhip cracking ending with a body wrap on me:
One piece of advice that was shared in this Bullwhip Demo was that if you are new to whip cracking or even a more experienced whip cracker you should try to find a whip group to crack whips with. You can learn a lot and one of the best things is that you can try whips from all sorts of different makers! Most major cities have some sort of whip enthusiasts group or western group.
This morning Will Morgan, John Leonetti andmyself did a little whip demo / workshop at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA). We did a little talk about the history of the bullwhips and the different types of whips. Then we did little demos of the different styles of whip cracking from what I do with a bullwhip in my show to more technical crack with one bullwhip or two stockwhips and two bullwhips.
Right now I’m making something that’s based on a braiding project that David Morgan made for his son (Will) in 1971, basically it’s a plaited rattle snake! Will showed it to me while at a Whip Workshop that we (Will Morgan, John Leonetti and I) did at a circus school in Seattle. Unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera to this, but John Leonetti who is a great whip cracker and talented photographer took a ton of pictures you can see them at: http://web.me.com/johnleonetti/cracktice/122709.html. The plaited snake that I’m talking about is the 2nd to last picture.
It’s very cool looking!
Last night I started work on it, but the one that David made was just a braided snake, mine is going to be a snake whip. A lot of people have the Snakes Head Fall Hitch (in Ron Edwards book), but I’ve never liked that hitch because the snakes head should be on the other side of the whip (the fat end). That hitch looks good in a picture of the last six inched of the whip.
So last night I started work on my SNAKEwhip. I made the shotbag and filled it lead and got the belly plaited over it.
I also had time to cut out the strands for the overlay. I wanted to do a practice run for the head of the snake because the whip is going to start at 8 plait at the snakes nose and I’ll be adding strands as I get to the fatter part of the snakes head. I’ve never really added strands to increase the plait count of a whip (only dropped them), so I wanted to make sure my plan would work. It did!
Later this morning I’ll do stretch, pare, stretch, split and grease up the strands and get to work on the braiding the SNAKEwhip.