Tag Archives: Cow Whips

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/

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Rhett’s Budget Priced Nylon Whips

As a nylon whip maker, I often have people coming to me to buy whips who are new to whip cracking. I think that happens because people just starting out are sometimes are conscious of the cost of getting into whip cracking.

Short 8 plait bullwhips made from kangaroo leather can start at around $250.00 from better known makers. For longer whip with higher plait counts, it could reach $600 or more. For someone just getting into the sport, and for those on a budget, it’s sometimes difficult to justify spending so much. Therefore, well built synthetic whips offer a great value. The material costs are much less for the maker, so the savings is passed on to the buyer.

At one time, I prided myself on having lowest prices on my whips even among synthetic whipmakers. These days, due to the economic forces of supply and demand, the prices of my whips do tend to be higher than some of my competitors. That being the case, I still have some whips that are priced for those on a budget, so there’s no need to sacrifice quality or taking the chance of buying a cheaply made whip on eBay.

If you’re someone looking to get a nice whip at a low cost, consider these:

“FCE” stands for fast, cheap, and easy. This model was designed specifically to be a budget whip that could be used by sport whip crackers or cattlemen working in tight spaces. With prices starting at just $95.00, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more durable hand plaited whip for less money. They’re used by performers, sport whip crackers, and cattlemen alike.

Like the FCE, my 12 plait nylon bullwhips were also designed to be a budget whip. Made to the same standard as my proven 16 plait design,  Prices for these begin at $115.00 and they have been a very popular model since I introduced them last year.

These are the whips that I’m probably most known for around the world. Compared to come local sellers that can be found here and there, my cow whip prices aren’t the cheapest; but on the global whip market, they’re still quite a deal. Prices for these start at $105.00.

If there’s anything I can do to help you decide on the right whip for you, feel free to contact me using the form below, or by visiting the Contact Page on my website.


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

 

 

 

 


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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.


Whipmaking DVD update

Things are coming along at a nice pace now. If there are no set-backs, I am hopeful that I will be able to offer the DVDs for sale by the end of this month.

At this time, we’ve shot footage covering starting the whip, plaiting the belly, and right now we’re about 8″ into plaiting the final overlay.

I think the exclusive “over-the-shoulder” look at how I make a cow whip will be the next best thing to having me come to your place to teach you one-on-one.

I am very excited about finishing the video and I have seen a great deal of interest in it thus far.

Stay tuned for more details and for ordering information once I release the DVD.

Thanks!

Rhett