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Whipmaking DVD Sale: $17.00

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Go to http://www.cowwhips.com/whip-making-dvds to order!

 

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Whips: You never know where they’ll go!

This is a photo performer Todd Various sent me of him holding a pair of my FCE stockwhips at a festival in Germany. The interesting thing about it is that these whips aren’t his. They actually belong to a performer in Brazil who happened to be at the same event and Todd was trying them out. It demonstrates to me that you just never know where your whips will be seen.Image


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.


4 foot Whips Available Again

4ft whip in the rain.

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.


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

 

 

 

 


Bullwhip grip change method

Today I received a question in an email about  how I made the bullwhips with the grip portion of the handle in a different color than the thong as seen on the Young Indy style bullwhips and on many of the 12 plait bullwhips I have posted on my website.Young Indy

I agreed to help out and took a few snap shots of the process on a 12 plait bullwhip I was working on at the time. I’m posting them here to maybe help others who wonder what to do. This is probably not the only way, or even the best way, but it’s my way and it has worked for me so far.

From here, I just build my transition knot foundation as normal and cover it with a turkshead knot.

That’s all there is to it!

-Rhett

Cowwhips.com