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I add up all the counts from the core, bellies and overlay, so in this case 4-8-12-16 has been what I've been using, making 40 strand count at the thickest. Then I just start at the Overlay, and work my way back down through the bellies dropping strands to keep the taper I want, tweaking it to make sure I don't drop any two strands on different bellies at the same point. As for cut lengths, I just multiply by 2.5 to be sure I have plenty of material.

There are, like has been mentioned, quite a number of ways to skin a cat (or is that skin a roo?), and they all put out some very fine whips indeed. It's one of the joys of this hobby, the sheer quantity of ways a whip can be made. I even saw someone using the Fibonacci Series, so you'll settle into something that works well for you

]]>I have general ideas about thickness and length, and if I want the whip to be a bit more heavy I lengthen the bolsters a bit more. That is one of the advantages of leather whipmaking; you can adjust strand width as necessary. If strands are bunching up I can either drop a strand or 2, or I can take a small bevel of all the strands to narrow them slightly. Either way it works.

]]>I wouldn't overthink the process too much though, but ti does sound like a good template.

Ron

]]>PS: I do my calculation using the weight and not the number of strands...

because I want tapering on the mass (weight)

So, in adimensional numbers a single strand going straight the tongue equal to 1 (eg: the core with no BBs or ballchain); a strand plaited equal to 1,5 (sqrt(2)=1,41 because ideally we are plaiting at 45° and that's the value of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with cathetus equal to 1).

And a number of 1,2 if twisted strand.

PS: this the weight of my material:

each 4,5 steel BB = 0,37 gr (22 BBs in 10 cm of tongue =8,14 gr)

(I wish I could find L size ballchain... in the range of 6 gr each 10 cm)

each M size ballchain = 0,17 gr (29 BBs in 10 cm of tongue =4,93 gr)

each S size ballchain = 0,11 gr (33 BBs in 10 cm of tongue =3,63 gr)

(I wish I could find XS size ballchain... in the range of 2 gr each 10 cm)

10 cm of ungutted paracord = 0,70 gr (multiplied by 1 if used on the core)

10 cm of gutted paracord = 0,23 gr (multiplied by 1,5 if plaited; 1,2 il twisted; 1 if used on the core or dropped straight parallel to the core)

Ah, I'm not considering the weight of the binding... simply I did'n yet... (but I feel that somehow with a good tapering on the binding itself it it will not affect the result of tapering)

Those are example (don't look at the value on the y axis... in the first photo is gr/10cm... the second has only adimensional numbers), on the x axis there is the tongue (from left=handle -to- right=fall knot):

PS: "Lineare (Massa)" is the trend line (tapering) of "Massa" (the italian translation of Mass)... so if Massa is close to the trend line I achieved the goal I'm looking for.

]]>The short of it is, what ever works for you, and in the way you intend, go for it!

Good luck with your build! Looking forward to seeing the result.

]]>That's exactly right.

Ron

]]>Closed loop binding is winding the sinew around the whip so that there are no gaps (like whipping the end of a rope to keep it from fraying) and open loop is wrapping at an angle so that it forms a web like structure around the belly.

BTW, who is the youngster in your photo. He seems to think you're alright.

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