Category Archives: Cow Whips

New Cow/Stock Whip Design

6ft cow stockwhip

 

This idea is by no means original, but this is a prototype of a design I’ve wanted to try for a while. These aren’t currently available to be ordered, but maybe one day in the future I’ll add this style to my online store. The handle is 16.5″ and turned on the lathe from laminated Padauk and Oak blank with an Aussie style keeper attached to the handle instead of the traditional cow whip cup. The thong is a standard nylon stockwhip style.

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Win a Performance Cow Whip!

I announced on Facebook last week that I am planning to throw my hat into the ring and start producing the ever-popular “pipe whips” popularized and marketed by Lauren Wickline as Performance Hybrid Stockwhips.

I haven’t began working on my design yet, but when I get it completed, I am going to give it away in a drawing.

For details on how you can enter, click the link below:

Win a Performance Cow Whip!


Whip Making Tutorial Introduction Free on Youtube

I’ve just made the first section of my whip making tutorial available publicly on Youtube for the first time.  It’s my introduction all the way through making a keeper and adding weight for the belly.  The rest of the tutorial is available on DVD, for sale at http://www.cowwhips.com/whip-making-dvds/


USPS adding to wait time

post officeI’ve used USPS Priority mail service almost exclusively for all the years I have been shipping whips. Except for a few minor issues here and there, I have always found the service to be reliable. I never had a whip lost or damaged. USPS provides free boxes that fit most of my whips and the prices are lower than other services. Overall, I’ve found it to be a great value and have come to rely upon it.

Lots of changes have been made recently with the U.S. Postal Service and their website is touting improvements to Priority Mail. Some of the changes and realignments to their sorting centers have actually had a negative impact on the quality of service based upon my experience. Those who receive USPS shipping notifications from me should be aware that this recent decline in service could add a few days to your waiting time. Packages that are supposed to take from 1 to 3 days are now taking from 4 to 12 days. International transit times for my packages are equally abysmal.

I recently spoke with a manager from their consumer affairs division about the lagging transit times and he said that, overall, their transit times are largely within their goals, but that the recent changes USPS made are directly impacting me. He assured me that they are doing all they can to work out the bugs. I could switch to other shippers, but I want to keep prices low.

For now, I guess I just happen to be shipping from a location that’s 4 to 12 days from everywhere. Just keep that in mind when you receive your shipping notification.

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Florida Cow Whip: Made in Argentina!

A while back, I received an order from Fabian F. in Argentina for a set of my whipmaking DVDs.

Today I was pleased to receive an email with the following pictures asking for my opinion of his efforts using my DVDs.

My reply: “Most excellent!”

Your results may vary, but if you have an interest in making your own nylon Florida cow whip, consider ordering my whipmaking DVDs.  This is one example of the many photos I have received from people who have used my DVDs to learn to make their own cow whips.

-Rhett

Cowwhips.com

 

 


Scooter’s Rodeo Whip

Rodeo clown Mike “Scooter” Smith has a huge list of rodeo related accomplishments to his credit. He began riding broncs and bulls Scooter Smithback in 1992 and eventually moved into entertaining crowds with a variety of outlandish costumes, characters, and four legged assistants. He has appeared in rodeos all over, on television, in music videos, and in the movie Pure Country II.

When Mike commissioned me to make him a cow whip to use in his shows, I knew it was going to be an interesting project.  He wanted an 8ft Florida cow whip with orange, purple, white, and green.

For the handle, I thought of using osage orange at first, but later went with Argentine Lignum Vitae because it’s such a tough wood and would better withstand the rigors of the rodeo. The result was a crazy looking whip with one of the toughest handles you can find:

 

The next time you’re at a rodeo and you see an orange haired clown with a crazy looking Florida cow whip, it might just be Scooter.

If you’re a rodeo clown and you would like your own custom made whip, let me know!

Visit Scooter on the web at mikescootersmith.com and on Facebook at Mike “Scooter” Smith: Rodeo Clown Extraordinaire.

 

Rhett Kelley

Cowwhips.com

 

 

 

 


Don’t Judge a Cowboy… by the color of his whip!

IMG_0204A while back,  I was browsing some other whip websites and I happened across the statement that said that no “real cowboy/cowgirl” would dare carry a whip on their saddle that was any other color than black, tan, or brown. I thought I’d interact with that idea for a bit and demonstrate that, apart from being untrue, a case could be a made that “real” cowboys and cowgirls might actually be better off in some cases with a whip that was made in colors other than black, tan, and brown.

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Through my whipmaking adventures, I’ve noted that there’s actually quite a bit of diversity among the cowboys and cowgirls of America. They come in all sizes, shapes, and colors and so do the horses, equipment, and tack that they use. Whips are no different. Suggesting that a “real cowboy” won’t use whips that are only certain colors is just as silly as saying cowboys won’t drive Dodge trucks, wear yellow shirts, eat Krystal burgers, or ride an American Paint Horse.

One big reason why a “real cowboy” might consider ordering a whip in colors other than black, tan, and brown is because whips get lost.  About a decade ago, I had a “real” Florida cowboy call and order a solid hot pink whip. His old whip had fallen off his saddle and he wasn’t able to find it. He said he knew he would get laughed at by some of his peers, but he wanted his whip easy to IMG_0583see if it happened to fall off his saddle again.

Indeed, I could probably take my wife out to a nice dinner if I had a dollar for every story cowboys have told me about losing whips while working cows. The earth tone whips often blend in so well that they cannot find them if they backtrack searching. Having a whip that won’t blend in can help with that problem. So in reality, real cowboys ought to seriously consider buying whips with lots of bright colors.

So while I’ll grant that lots of working cowboys do order whips in earth tones, I’m also happy to cater to the ones who want them in other colors and patterns. I’d also like for the reader to note that all the whips pictured in on this post are examples of whips I’ve made for “real cowboys” who derive most (or all) of their income from working with cattle.IMG_0609

Visit my online photo gallery for more examples of whips I’ve made. Stop by the store to buy one! Others may judge you by the color of the whip you order, but I won’t.