Whip Cracking Lessons!

I’m based in the Seattle area and every now and then I get someone asking about learning to crack whips. One of the nice things is that I can meet up with them at a park and teach them the basics.

The bonus is that I have a lot of different whips, you can try cracking a lot of different style and you can see the difference between a bullwhip and a stock whip, or bullwhip with an 8 inch handle and a 12 inch handle.

If you’re in the Seattle area and would like info about some whip cracking lessons, hit me up!

-Louie

Cheap-o Whip Fall Replacment

Another whip came in for a new fall. After a quick look at it, it also needed the point replaited. At some point this whip’s fall hitch had come undone and it someone retied the end of the whip poorly.

Here’s a close up of the end:

This is one of the cheap-o whips, where what it cost for me to replait the point and put a new fall on would cost about the same as buying a new whip. The owner said it has sentimental value, and wanted to proceed with the repair.

I got on it and here’s the whip with a new fall:

It’s back to crackin’ shape!

-Louie

Hunt Whip Thong – 6 Foot

This was a fun project because it’s not what I normally make. It’s a lash for a hunt whip! The customer had been trying to replicate a lash that they already had, after checking out some pictures and getting some measurements, I got started.

The first step was ordering some whiskey colored veg tanned kangaroo from David Morgan.

Then I cut out the core, plaited they belly and added a bolster to it. Here are the finished internal layers:

After that I cut out the set for the overlay. This is going to be 8 plait.

Next I had to do all the strand prep, so stretching and paring the lace and then I started to plait the overlay.

And here’s the finished hunt whip thong:

I like the way it came out, and it’s got a nice crack to it!

-Louie

Swivel Handle Bullwhip Repair

It must be the season for fixing whips, here’s a swivel handle bullwhip that needs it’s point replaited and a new fall.

bullwhip repair

I’m pretty familiar with this whip, well not this exact whip, but this style. It’s the same as the very first whip I ever bought. Originally it would have had the shorter and wider Texas style fall, after talking with it’s owner we decided to go with the more modern Aussie style fall.

It was fun to test crack this whip!

-Louie

Wood Handle Bullwhip Repair

This wood handle bullwhip recently came in for a repair. Besides being coiled up way too tightly and very dry, it needed the point to be replaited and a new fall put on.

On a little side note, please do not store your whips coiled up like this. For a well made whip, coiling it tightly like this may put some memory into the whip causing it to be less accurate and puts unnecessary stress onto the lash.

I coated it with some Pecard Leather Dressing and let that soak in for a couple of days. Then I replaited the point and added a new redhide fall and the whip is good to go!

I offered to redo the transition knot, but the owner wanted to keep the original one. This is back in the mail today, and has a lot more whip cracking life in it!

-Louie