I’m not sure why, but I’ve noted recently that a plain black bullwhip will garner many more “likes” and attention on Facebook than something more flashy looking. That being said, I’ve decided to start promoting my fancier work a bit more than in the past.
Whipmaker Tony Layzell in the U.K. was the man who was graciously helped me with learning a more simple way of doing the designs around four years ago. I’ve done this sort of work when requested in the past, but I never really advertised it much as I always preferred doing the simpler designs. My personality type likes “comfort zones,” so that’s where I tended to remain.
Now that I’m full time making whips, it does get somewhat dull doing the same old patterns all the time. I also figure my Facebook fans will eventually tire of seeing the same things over and over again when I post whip photos. I will be updating my main website soon to make these options easier to select without having to contact me to make a special request. Here are photos of a couple of recent examples:
4ft nylon bullwhip in the rain.
I haven’t offered bullwhips or snakewhips shorter than 5 feet for a number of years now. Yesterday I decided to begin offering bullwhips and snakewhips 4 feet in length because I’ve had special requests from stage performers saying that the shorter length be better for staged where space was limited. I updated my website, to reflect this change of direction.
To see all the current kinds of whips I offer at this time, please visit my online store.
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.
Whipmaking master, Bernie Wojcicki of Em Brand Whips, has recently made his whipmaking DVD footage available for everyone to see on Youtube.
Bernie works with leather, but lots of the basic plaiting and construction techniques can be used with nylon. I purchased his DVDs a number of years ago and gleaned many things that helped me improve my nylon bullwhips.
Here is the first of the 3 videos on bullwhip making that Bernie has now made available:
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.