Whips and Whipmaking, 2nd Edition

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This profusely illustrated book by D.W. Morgan is a comprehensive introduction to whips. It extends the treatment of dynamics and design discussed in the first edition and illustrates examples of many more styles of whips. Two major sections have been added, the development and distribution of the Mongol whip, and a comprehensive review of the whips used in the Indiana Jones movies, including the resurgence of interest in whip cracking inspired by these movies. Paperback. 219 pp.

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This profusely illustrated book by D.W. Morgan is a comprehensive introduction to whips. It extends the treatment of dynamics and design discussed in the first edition and illustrates examples of many more styles of whips. Two major sections have been added, the development and distribution of the Mongol whip, and a comprehensive review of the whips used in the Indiana Jones movies, including the resurgence of interest in whip cracking inspired by these movies. Paperback. 219 pp.

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

  • Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations

    ix

    Preface to the Second Edition

    xiii

    Preface to the First Edition

     

    xv

    Chapter 1. A Historical Perspective

    3

    The Western Whip

    5

    The Mongol Whip

     

    10

    Chapter 2. Types and Uses of Whips

    16

    Horse, Mule, and Bullock Whips

    18

    Whips for Use with Cattle

    27

    Circus Whips

    29

    Showpiece Whips

    31

    Whips for Corporal and Spiritual Punishment

     

    35

    Chapter 3. Development and Distribution of the Mongol Whip

     

    40

    Chapter 4. Construction of Whips

    54

    Construction of Thongs

    54

    Falls and Crackers

    64

    Construction of Handles

    66

    Attachment of Thongs to Handles

    72

    Manufacture of an Australian Stockwhip

    78

    Notes on the Whipmaker’s Trade in Australia

     

    83

    Chapter 5. Dynamics and Design of Whips

    89

    Dynamics of the Whip Thong

    91

    Dynamics of the Handle

    95

    Balance of the Whip

     

    97

    Chapter 6. The Whip Used by Indiana Jones:

    99

    Bullwhip Number 455

    99

    Show and Sport Whipcracking

    103

    The 450 Series Bullwhips

    106

    Durability and Design

     

    110

    Chapter 7. Whipcracking

    112

    Getting Started

    112

    Fancy Whip Handling

     

    115

    Chapter 8. Maintenance and Repair

    119

    Maintenance of Whips

    119

    Repair of Whips

     

    128

    Chapter 9. Whipmaking for the Amateur

    133

    Plating or Braiding

    133

    Notes on Whipmaking

     

    162

    Appendix A

     

    Whips and Whipmaking by W.G. Ashford (1893)

    169

    Whip Repairing

     

    205

    References and Sources

     

    213

    Index

    215

    About the Author

    219

     

  • David W. Morgan

    David W. Morgan, author of Whips and Whipmaking, Braiding Fine Leather, and Whips of the West, became interested in the subject of whips and leathercraft during a trip to Australia in the early 1960s. At that time whipmaking was an active trade there and he was able to meet a number of whip makers such as Burt Hill, Tom Hill, and W. Millowick, studying their craft in person and later through correspondence.

    On returning to the U.S. he and his wife Dorothy began Austral Enterprises, importing braided leather goods from Australia. The name of the company was changed to David Morgan to reflect the broader range of items offered as the business grew, but kangaroo hide whips were still featured.

    In 1976 the US government banned the importation of kangaroo so David turned to supplying the demand for whips in the US by making his own in calf skin. By the time the ban was lifted there were far fewer whipmakers active and he thought to write the book Whips and Whipmaking to better document the craft.

    In 1981 the first Indiana Jones movie was released featuring one of David's whips, and that movie, with the others following in the series, along with the readier dissemination of information over the internet, have helped fuel a resurgance in whip making. Throughout his study and practice at whipmaking David has shared his knowledge generously by letter, telephone and in person as well as by writing the three books to date on the topic, enabled by others who likewise shared their knowledge and many examples of leather craft from all around the world.

    For more information about David W. Morgan and behind-the-scene peeks at our company, please visit our company blog at davidmorgan.biz.

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