How to Make Whips

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How to Make Whips, by Ron Edwards. Ron Edwards is a folklorist with an insight into leatherwork. This book presents a wide range of lore on the Australian stockwhip, with directions for making several styles. He covers fancy plaiting for handles, including ringwork, a specialty of Australian whipmakers. Hardback.166 pp.

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How to Make Whips, by Ron Edwards. Ron Edwards is a folklorist with an insight into leatherwork. This book presents a wide range of lore on the Australian stockwhip, with directions for making several styles. He covers fancy plaiting for handles, including ringwork, a specialty of Australian whipmakers. Hardback.166 pp.

Sales of books are final. No returns or exchanges allowed.

  • Table of Contents
    Foreword 8
       
    Introduction 9
       
    Chapter 1: Whipmaking Book 1-How to Make a Basic 4-Plait Stockwhip 11
    A Good Basic Whip 12
    Whip Names 12
    Styles of Whip 12
    Types of Leather 12
    Points to Watch 13
    Buying a Strip of Leather 13
    4-Plait Basic Whip 14
    Step 1: Making the Belly 14
    Step 2: Cutting Out the Whip 14
    Using a Pair of Dividers 15
    Using a Template 15
    Using Fingers as Guides 16
    Cutting Methods 16
    Cutting and Skiving 16
    Splitting the Strands 16
    Skiving 16
    Angled Cut 16
    Cutting on the Beam 17
    Step 3: Plaiting the 4-Plait Whip 18
    Working in a Confined Space 19
    Plaiting Soap 19
    Leather Dressing 20
    Cleaning Tallow 20
    Use of Acid in Cleaning Fat 20
    Plaiting the Whip 20
    Step 4: The Fall 21
    Cutting the Slit in a Whip Fall 21
    Common Fall Hitch 21
    Rolling the Whip 23
    Resin Board for Whip Rolling 23
    Step 5: The Cracker 23
    Speeding Up the Job 23
    Finishing Off the Cracker 24
    Fastening the Cracker to the Fall 24
    Attaching the Cracker-Another Method 24
    Cracking the Whip 25
    Step 6: Making the Handle, 25
    Half-Plated Handle 25
    Straitening a Whip Handle 25
    Step 7: Covering the Handle 26
    Handle with Dog?s Knot 26
    Forming the Knob 26
    Crown Knot 27
    Wall Knot 27
    Final Crown Knot 28
    Handle with an 8-Plait and Turk?s Head 29
    12-Plait Handle 29
    9-Plait for Half-Plaited Whip Handle 30
    Square Start for Half-Plaited Handle, 12-Plat 31
    Wraparound Handle 32
    Secret Plait Worked into a Whip Handle 32
    Binding on the Keeper 33
    Rib Rattling 34
    French Grapevine 35
    3-Part, 4-Bight Turk?s Head 36
    Attaching Whip and Handle 37
    6-Plaid Basic Whip 38
    Beginning a Round 6-Plait 39
    Round 6-Plait 40
    Reducing from 6-Plait to 4-Plait 40
    The Built-in Belly 41
    Kangaroo-Hide Whips 41
    Kid?s Whip 41
    Slit Braid 42
       
    Chapter 2: Whipmaking Book 2-How to Make an 8-Plait Kangaroo Stockwhip  
    Two Main Groups of Whips 43
    Some Styles of Whips 44
    Stockwhip of Kangaroo Leather 44
    Redhide Whip 44
    Bullwhip 45
    Snake Whip 45
    Bullockie?s Whip 45
    First Rule about Whipmakers 45
    Whipmaking Terms 45
    Plaiting or Braiding 46
    Plait 46
    Braid 47
    12-Foot Shot-Loaded Stockwhip 47
    How to Make a 2.3-Meter 8-Strand Kangaroo 47
    Stockwhip with a Full-Plaited Handle 47
    Materials Needed 48
    Selecting the Kangaroo Skin 48
    Using Precut Lace 48
    Testing for Stretch 48
    Step 1: The Core or Filler 49
    Redhide Core 49
    Kangaroo Core 49
    Lead Loading 51
    Step 2: The Belly 51
    The Filler and Belly Plait 51
    Belly from Redhide 53
    Step 3: The Bolster 54
    Step 4: Cutting Out the Top Plait or Overlay 55
    Number of Strands to Cut 55
    Cutting Out Strands 55
    Stretch in the Leather 56
    Length of Strands in Overlay 56
    Knife Sharpness 56
    Cutting with the Thumbnail 56
    Type of Roo 58
    Cutting with the Side of the Thumb 58
    Cutting to a Marked Line 59
    Cutting with a Strand Cutter 59
    Homemade Strand Cutter 59
    Cutting Out Tight Corners 59
    Splitting the Strands 60
    Skiving 60
    Leather Chattering While Skiving 60
    Holes in Leather 61
    Leather Dressing and Greasing the Strands 61
    Pull Tight, Plait Losose 61
    Step 5: Plaiting the Overlay 62
    Round 8-Plait, Whipmaker?s Method 62
    Round 8-Plait 63
    Bundles 63
    Self-Greasing Lace Holder 64
    Looseness in Plaiting the Overlay 64
    Gaps in the Plaiting 65
    Plaiter?s Knot 65
    Broken Strands 66
    Dropping Strands 66
    Changing from 8-Plait to 7-Plait 66
    Changing from 7-Plait to 6-Plait 67
    Uneven Taper 68
    Lumps 68
    Narrow Sections 68
    Round 6-Plait 68
    Finishing off the Thong 68
    Step 6: The Fall 69
    Attaching the Fall 69
    Replacing the Fall 69
    Step 7: Making the Cracker 71
    Finishing the Cracker 72
    5-Part, 4-Bight Turk?s Head on the Thong 74
    Step 8: The Handle (or Stock) Foundation 75
    Using Bush Timber 75
    Step 9: The Overlay for the Handle 76
    Tying the Set to the Stock 76
    Long Whipping 77
    Step 10: The Knob on the Handle 79
    Shaping the Knob 80
    The Shape of the Knob 80
    5-Part, 4-Bight Turk?s Head 80
    Gaps in the Turk?s Head 82
    Finishing the Knob 82
    Turk?s Head on Keeper End 82
    Spanish Ring Knot 83
    A More Elaborate Handle 84
    Two-Tone Work 84
    Fitting the Handle and Thong Together 84
    Care of the Whip 84
    A Few Tips 86
    Broken Strands 86
    Joining without Glue 86
    Another Method 86
    Adding in a Strand 87
    Adding in Two Strands 88
    Portable Plaiting Rack 88
       
    Chapter 3: how to Make a Bullwhip 89
    Making a Bullwhip 90
    The Handle 90
    The Belly 90
    Round 4-Plait 90
    Handle Loop 92
    Plaiting the Overlay 92
    Precut Lace 92
    12-Plait, Under 2 Sequence 93
    12-Plait, Under 3 Sequence 94
    Changing from 12-Plait to 10-Plait 94
    Round 10-Plait 94
    Changing from 10-Plait to 8-Plait 95
    Changing from 8-Plait to 6-Plait 95
    Attaching the Fall 95
    Making and Attaching the Cracker 95
    Rolling the Whip 95
    The Knob 95
    Turk?s Head on the Handle 96
    5-Partm 4-Bight Turk?s Head 96
    Pineapple Knot 96
       
    Chapter 4: Hot to Make a Snake Whip 97
    Method 1: Lead-Loaded 98
    Handle Loop 99
    Method 2 101
    Whip as a Weapon 101
    Handle 101
    A Quick Snake Whip 103
    The Belly 103
    Building Up the Knob 103
    Turk?s Head 103
    Miniature Whip Hatband 104
    Riding Crop 104
       
    Chapter 5: Whip Handle Designs 105
    Twisted Handles 108
    Carved Timber Handles 109
    Cowtail Handle 110
    Lunging Whip 110
    Designs for whip Handles 111
    Plaiting Soap 111
    Cowtail or Whipmaker?s Plait 112
    Double Herringbone 113
    Short Herringbone 113
    Chessboard Plait 114
    Double Diamond 115
    Irregular Herringbone, 12-Plait, Round 115
    Triple Diamond 116
    4-Straid Diamond, Coachwhipping 116
    Bracelet 117
    Double Bracelet 118
    Stairstep 119
    Double Stairstep 120
    Two Methods for Complex Plaiting 120
    Alternate Strand Method 120
    Spiral Method 120
    Solid Band 121
    Bird's Eye, 12-Plait, Round 122
    Egyptian Eyes 123
    Te Sun 124
    Flowers and Zigzag 125
    Doouble Zigzag 126
    Flowers 126
    Interlocking Diamonds, 16-Plait, Round 127
    The Ship of the Dead 128
    Two-Seam Plait 129
    Vee Pattern, Whipmaker's Plait 129
    Barber's Pole Plait 130
       
    Chapter 6: Plaiting Names in Whips 131
    Name Plaiting 132
    Joining One Pattern to the Next 132
    Plaiting Names with Short Pieces 132
    Working the Letters into the Weave 132
    Colors to Use 132
    Never Believe What You Are Told 133
    Using Precut Lace 134
    Chessboard Start: Calculating the Length of the Lace 134
    Locking the Back 135
    Working in the Letters 135
    White-on-Black Letters 137
    Vertical and Horizontal Letters 137
    Plaiting Long Words 138
    Setting Out 138
    Amount Needed 139
    Whip Handle Clamp 140
    Stitching Stool 141
       
    Chapter 7: Some Useful Tips 142
    Making a Whip with Bought Lace 143
    The Belly 143
    Covering the Core 143
    The Overlay, Quantity Needed 144
    Plaiting the Keeper 144
    Round 12-Plait 144
    Whip Cracker Knots 146
    Overhand Knot 146
    Small Cracker Knot 146
    Blood Knot Variation 147
    Napranum Hitch 147
    Attaching the Cracker 148
    Fall Hitches 149
    Morris Doohan's Hitch 149
    Snake's Head Hitch 150
    Nymboida Hitch 152
    George's Hitch 153
    3-Part, 4-Bight Turk's Head 154
       
    Appendix 155
       
    Index 161
       
    People Named in This Book 166

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