A few days ago I was at the feed store looking around. As I started to pull through the parking lot to leave, I saw a man walking toward the store with a traditional looking cow whip in hand. I asked him if he made it and he said he did. His name is Billy, he is originally from Okeechobee, Fl. As you might imagine, we struck up a conversation, introducing ourselves to one another and talking shop. He said he knew of Cowwhips.com me, but he had no idea I lived so close to him.
What’s ironic is that there are now 3 confirmed Florida-born whipmakers who have moved to this part of Georgia, living within 35 miles of each other: Billy, and K.J. Smith, and myself. I’ve also recently learned of a lady whipmaker in Nunez, GA (also in my county), but I don’t know any background on her at this time.
So, including my son Cordell, that makes a grand total of 5 whipmakers located in the counties of Emanuel and Candler.
When it comes to whipmakers, this part of Georgia seems to attract us like a magnet.