Category Archives: just for fun

Win a Kelley Performance Whip

A few days ago, I posted an article about our apiary fundraiser.

Since then, I’ve added a special contribution perk for whip enthusiasts: If you claim the win a whip perk for a contribution of $10 or above, you will be entered in a drawing at the end of our campaign for a custom Kelley Performance Whip of your choice.

At the time of this writing, 4 out of 50 entries have been claimed so the odds are still really good. I have capped the number of entries at 50, but you can claim the perk more than once to increase your odds of winning! One donor entered twice already.

Thanks for whatever you do, even if it’s just sharing this post with someone who may be interested.

The Tool Whip

A few weeks ago I was working on my truck. I picked up a Craftsman screwdriver and got to looking at it’s classic, almost iconic grip. All of a sudden the idea hit me: This would be an interesting grip for a bullwhip. That is, in a “novelty” sort of way. I had never seen anything like it before.  This prototype is built to the same standard as all of my 16 plait  woody bullwhips, but with a Craftsman handle.

It is now for sale on eBay.

Austrian Whip Cracking Contest

I have no clue what they’re saying, but I like the sound they’re making!

Sure, the cracks aren’t as elaborate as in Australian style whip cracking, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think the differences in whip cracking  between cultures are something that ought to be recognized and celebrated even though one style may be more elaborate than others.

[Edit: One of my Facebook page members posted this link for some background on what this is:]

I would love to get a line up of guys like this using 12ft cow whips. The sound would be deafening!

Thanks goes out to Pete Gamble of Pic-N-Mix Circus for finding this.

-Rhett Kelley

Rhett Kelley Whips, LLC.

Whip Maker Meme

Gotta laugh a little.
Whip Maker Meme

Respect Outdoors Trip

Cordell and I just returned from a father/son fan appreciation trip complements of the Respect Outdoors TV show that airs on The Sportsman Channel. Host Robert Arrington took us on an amazing trip to Panama City, FL. where we got to check out the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.

The next 2 days we spent fishing Red Snapper and Amberjack fishing 40 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert has fished all over the world and says that he’s never seen such great fishing. The Leveral family of Family Tradition Charters in Panama City put us on some great fishing action. The trip was being filmed and will appear on an upcoming episode of Respect Outdoors.

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I first became acquainted with Robert a couple of years ago when he contacted me about purchasing a 12ft cow whip. If you watch his show regularly, you can sometimes see Robert cracking  the whip I made for him. Below is some fun footage I took of Robert Arrington cracking one of Cordell’s cow whips on the stern of the fishing boat “Best Bet.”

It’s not often opportunities like this come along. I really appreciate Robert Arrington for selecting Cordell and I for this trip. We had a great time, ate some great seafood, caught some nice fish, made new friends, and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact information for Family Tradition Charters:

Capt. Leveral Raffield



RK Cow Whip on TV this week!

Check your listings, find the Respect Outdoors show on The Sportsman Channel, and set your DVR. This week you can catch a glimpse of the 12ft cow whip that I made for Robert Arrington, host of the Respect Outdoors show! From what Robert has told me, this may not be the only time the whip is on the show. If you get a chance, check it out!


The Whip That Started it All!