I have always been fascinated by Aussie Stockwhips. I just love their unique look. I’ve wanted to make one for a while now, but I’m often so busy I do not have time to experiment with new designs.
A couple days ago I decided to invest some time in making an Australian stockwhip from nylon, just to see what I could do. In addition, my son Haddon has a birthday coming up and I figured a stockwhip would be a great present for him.
The handle is 18″ and covered with a 12 plait in the traditional whipmaker’s plait. I think I spent more time on the handle (and its keeper) than on any other part of the project. I stuck a concho on the end of it to dress it up a little.
How to get one: At this time, I have no plans to start selling these whips until I have worked on my design a little more. I am happy with this one and it will make a great gift for my son, but there’s still a few bugs I need to work out of it. Besides that, I’m still not sure what price I would charge to make one.
Don’t despair though, if you attend the 2009 Whip Weekend in Oklahoma City, you will have a chance to get a new RK nylon stockwhip. I am planning to send one of my new stockwhips to that event to be given away as a prize. The OKC Whip Weekend will be held June 12,13 and 14th.