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Whip Making DVD Available at!!

I should have done this long before now, but I am happy to announce that is carrying my whip making DVDs!

Ubraidit has been a leading promoter of the art of braiding as well as the do-it-yourself spirit that it takes to make whips and other braided goods for many years now. In light of that, I figured it only made sense to contact them about carrying my whipmaking DVD. After reviewing the production, Ubraidit decided to stock the videos.

What makes it Ubraidit such a good source of my nylon whipmaking DVD is that you can obtain nearly all the supplies you need right from their website instead of having to shop around all over the web. Also, Ubraidit is known for its friendly customer service.

So now you have two sources for the video: direct from myself, or from Either route you choose will make me happy!

Until next time,


Whipmaking DVD Results: Noah’s Whips

I want to show some of pictures of the whips made by Noah A., one of my long time whip customers who recently got a copy of my whip making DVD.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

I thought I would give you a little feed back on your DVD.  I found the detail where to drop certain strands and plaiting in a odd number of strands very useful.  As I had been just waiting for the strands to start to bunch up before dropping two strands at the same time, always ending up with a  lump and gaps in my thong. It was quite frustrating, so your video was a huge help in that regard.

Here’s the Florida  Cow Whip that Noah made:

Now, some people think that because my DVD doesn’t specifically deal with bullwhips, then it is not useful for making bullwhips. That’s not a correct assumption. Most of the techniques I teach in regards to plaiting and dropping strands are exactly what I do with my bullwhips. Using Ron Edwards’ book and some other online tutorials, it’s not too hard to go from cow whips to bullwhips. So far, I have had a number of people to make bullwhips using my DVD combined with a the other resources. (And yes, there is a bullwhip making video in the works, but I do not have a targeted release date yet!)

Here’s Noah’s bullwhip:

Noah tells me he figured out how to make the bullwhip using the DVD and by studying the 6ft bullwhip I sold him last year. It looks to me like he’s done a really nice job.

There was time as a whipmaker that I saw other upstart whipmakers as a threat to my business and I would’ve never thought of giving out as much information as I do on my DVDs. After a decade online, I’ve come to a place where I know I cannot possibly make all the whip orders that come my way and I need other whipmakers to help me out. It actually makes me happy to see people being able to make nice whips using my DVDs.

For many of my DVD customers, they have already been able to sell some whips and pay for the investments they made in the DVD and whip making supplies! These folks didn’t just buy a “how-to video,” they invested in a rewarding hobby that will more than pay for itself in a short period of time.

If you’re interested in making whips for yourself or for profit, I encourage you to get a copy of my Florida Cow Whip Tutorial DVD today!

Email me at for more information.

To order, send $85.00 via Paypal to Rhettswhips @ or you can send a check or money order to me at:

Rhett Kelley
P O Box 261
Stillmore, GA. 30464



DVD Customer’s First Whips!

I have been meaning to share some pics and feedback on my whipmaking DVD, but I just haven’t had time. I’m going to try to get some up as I find the time. I have been getting some great feedback from folks that have bought the DVD.

Here’s a youtube video that one of my DVD customers made showing off the first two whips he made. Over the years I’ve seen lots of “first whips,” but I’ve been very impressed with how well my customers have been doing using my DVDs. Robert here has done a great job applying what I teach and I am very impressed with what he has done using my whipmaking tutorial DVDs.


Whipmaking DVDs For Vets

Now through the end of January, your purchase of my whipmaking DVDs will help a good cause.

If you purchase one of my Florida Cow Whip Tutorial DVDs, not only will you receive a copy in the mail, but I will also send your copy to the DVDs 4 Vets charity to be given to a interested veteran recovering in one of the military or V.A. hospitals across the nation.

I have contacted DVDs 4 Vets and they are interested in receiving my videos and said they can put one in each shipment that goes out so it can be given to a veteran interested in learning a new hobby who is currently recovering from injuries sustained serving our country.

If you would like to purchase a DVD for yourself and help a veteran at the same time, please send me an email at for details on how to order.

Taipan’s Review of My Whipmaking DVDs

For years, “Taipan” of has maintained one of the only cow whip tutorials on the web. I have referred countless people to his site for information on making whips and it has been a help to many. Recently Taipan got a copy of my Florida Cow Whip Tutorial DVDs. The following is his assessment of my production:



Supersonic Synthetics

A review of Rhett’s Cow Whip tutorial

Tony Layzell’s review of Rhett’s Cow Whip tutorial says “If your looking to improve your current whip making ability, looking to make a whip for the first time or like me just a collector then click the banner, visit Rhett and buy the DVD set off him, I can’t recommend them high enough, a really comprehensive, educational, value for money purchase I think…..”

I cannot agree more.  I have watched the DVD’s more than a couple of times and want to add my recommendation that any aspiring whip maker get this DVD to put in their toolbox.

He starts off the DVD talking a bit about the history of the Cow Whip and even a bit about the Cow Cavalry which brought a smile to this old troopers face.  I can never get enough history so I would have liked to have seen a bit more but I am happy that he put me on the track to learn more about the ancestry and use of the Cow Whip.  It is fun to know that you are making your own version of what was probably the first kind of whip ever to reach the American continent.

I was a bit disappointed with the production value of the DVD.  Rhett has talked about the difficulty he experienced with producing the DVD and I certainly would have done no better.  That said, making a video is much like making a whip.  Function first and the video does a great job of teaching how to make a whip.  The lighting is good enough so that, usually, the details are easy to see.  Focus was sometimes a problem but it is not even enough of one to require more than a couple of rewinds.

The audio is good and Rhett has a pleasant voice that is easy to understand.  There is a bit of background echo since he was not in a sound studio but it is not a distraction.  Okay, the birds had their say about the process but I have birds too and they can be heard in the background of most of the videos I have made.

Rhett repeatedly says that “Whatever works for you” and “If it works for you” that is the way to do it and this video shows his way.  I have my way and you will have your way to do things.  When we learn from one another it is more tools in the toolbox and I am very appreciative of learning from one of the best whip makers there is.

Learning to plait is an individual skill that is not really covered in this presentation.  He shows how he does it without going into detail.  Watching his hands fly is a joy to see.

He covers his method of dropping strands very well and I am going to try his method next time I sit down at my vice to make a new whip.  He hangs his whip from a door jam and plaits “from the hook” in the way of the old timers.  I am not that good so to prevent my whips from looking like a candy cane I need the crutch of the vice.

I was thrilled with the way he made his tapering twist.  I will probably still call it the twisted fall without meaning any disrespect to him.  I will try this method too since I have always hated the necessity of using what he called “Machines and different do-dads”.  His method is so much easier than the way I had been doing it.  I hope my hands are strong enough to complete the process.

I will probably not tie off the end of the whip as he does but knowing the process is a huge help when it comes time to replace the fall on an well used whip.  I have some that are going on 10 years old including the old “Garden Hose” whip.  One day I will need to make a repair and this is yet another great tool in the box.

Speaking of extras he spent a good bit of time explaining how to splice in a strand.  This is a great part of the DVD which I rewound more than once to 14:23.  He even dropped a stitch at 17 minutes and I have done that more times that I can count.  It was great that he showed how to recognize and correct that common problem in whip making.

The use of the lacing needle is an important part of making what he calls Synthetic and Supersonic and which I am going to steal for the title of this review.  His way seems quick and easy but again I am still going to cut my strands at an angle with a hot knife to thread my needles.  “If it works for you” that is the way to do it.

As for the wax, again I think he has convinced me that it is worth the effort so I am going to give it another try.  I was not happy with the result the first couple of times I did it early on in my whip making so I quit.  I will have to report later on the result.

His handle is beautiful.  Mine never look so good and my method is somewhat dangerous if not downright crazy.  I do like the shape he has made and his method of finishing it has changed my mind completely on the way I will do things in the future.  This alone was worth the price of the DVD just in savings of money spent at Home Depot.

In conclusion, do yourself a big favor and buy the DVD.  You will save enough time and money to recoup the investment many times over.  That said this not the most important thing you will gain from this DVD.  Most aspiring whip makers fail and quit.  There are half finished whips balled up and put in storage all over Texas for sure and surly more across the country and even world.  Rhett’s presentation teaches you to relax and make creating your own Supersonic Synthetic fun and not a chore.  Put Ben Dehart’s song “Cow Hunter Dreams” on in the stereo and enjoy what you are creating.


If you would like to purchase a copy for the discounted price of $67.00, please email me at rhettswhips @

Whipmaking DVD Christmas Sale!

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who has a “do-it-yourself” personality? Do you have a whip enthusiast in the family that has always wanted to make whip, but doesn’t know where to start? Look no further!

Now through midnight on Dec 20th, I am reducing the price of my new Cow Whip Tutorial DVDs to just $67.00!

Now is the time to order to get a great deal on the only Florida Cow Whip making DVD tutorial on the market. These DVDs are now being used all over the world by folks to make their own Florida cow whips. This 2 disc video set is an over the shoulder look at how I make nylon cow whips. I show all my tricks and techniques. Some users of my tutorial are now starting their own whipmaking businesses -great for earning spare cash in a tough economy!

This reduced price will include Priority Mail service to all U.S. address. Express Mail available for an additional fee for those who wait until the 20th to order and want to receive the DVDs by Christmas. International Shipping not included.

Email me at to place your order today! Paypal and Checks/Money orders accepted!

Cow Whip Tutorial Follow Up: Leon’s Cow Whip

Going forward, I will be posting photos that people send me of the cow whips they’ve made using my nylon whipmaking tutorial DVDs. I’m getting lots of great feedback and hope to have lots of pics to show here as time goes by.

The whip in the photo here was made by Leon S. in Canada. Leon was already established as a whipmaker before getting my video, but in his blog he notes that he learned a few new tricks and was pleased with it. Leon did a fine job in my opinion. Leon obtained the handle from another Canadian whipmaker;  it really looks awesome with the thong he plaited.

Anyone interested in ordering a copy of my Florida Cow Whip Tutorial may email me at Rhettswhips @ yahoo .com for more information. The DVDs are $85.00 with shipping included in the U.S.A.; they normally ship within one business day after payment has been received.

Here’s a link to Leon’s blog where you can read his comments about the tutorial.




Whip Making DVDs For Sale Now!

I am ready to start taking orders for my nylon cow whip whipmaking DVDs.

If you would like to order a copy, please contact me at “Rhettswhips @ yahoo dot com.”

Again, the price is $85.00 with shipping included to U.S. addresses. (International orders may be more due to shipping)

I can PAL discs for international customers who may need that format.

Whip Making DVDs Release Friday!

As you may know already, I am selling the first copy of my whip making tutorial DVD on eBay along with the whip I made in the video. This auction ends on Thursday evening.

The following day the DVDs start shipping to the general public. I already have a growing list of names of people wanting a copy as soon as it releases, if you are interested, please send me an email at rhettswhips @ yahoo dot com to get on the pre-order list.

  • Disc 1 covers some Florida history, supplies, and making the belly (46 minutes).
  • Disc 2 covers making the overlay, handle options, and waxing. (59 minutes)
  • I even have a short bloopers reel for some levity.

The price is $85.00 for the 2 DVD set. This included shipping in the U.S.

Are you an overseas buyer needing PAL format? No problem! I can do it. Just let me know you need a PAL copy when you order.

First Tutorial DVD set and Whip now on eBay!

The first tutorial DVD set is now complete! Here’s the listing:

Happy Bidding!