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Topic: Roger Tuson

Finally, here are a couple of pictures from my whip swap build.

After my recent month-long hiatus from the forum and pretty much everything else to be honest, I got to work on the swap whip. It's a 6.5ft Bullwhip, twisted taper core, 10.5" handle, 8 and 12-plait bellies and a 16-plait overlay in black and coyote brown.

All started well...

The handle:
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/096761DE-E7B3-4C9D-B403-626F408FA2CF_zps4zgl2jax.jpg

Note scoring on shaft to aid grip on the cords of the 'handle belly into twisted taper core':
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/30507F78-CC8A-4199-A339-851D621F4B2B_zpsfmfbku0w.jpg

Short transition binding over the tip of the handle and first section of core. This is then plaited over with the first 8-plait belly:
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/73EA3D21-8610-44C4-BF17-F421F59AFD5B_zps84ovty8f.jpg

First belly binding:
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/FE0AE339-2901-461F-8509-E0D5344879F4_zpsorrv8hbe.jpg

Second belly binding (and this is where it all starts to go wrong sad  ):
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/6431CB47-47EA-42F4-B4E7-12296573744B_zpsxswqbiky.jpg

So, there I am, thinking, "Yup, that's enough binding - it's really stiff at the transition, the progression of the curve is good, let's start the overlay."

Now, I'm definitely no expert whipmaker but I have made a couple of half-decent ones and I genuinely thought I'd done a good second belly binding. But I  forgot MY OWN RULE ON BINDING! "If you think you've done enough binding, do a bit more because you probably haven't"

Last night I finished the overlay. I'm sure a couple of you will sympathise with what I ended up with...
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/8FB002C9-7605-4224-9F46-64452ADC6DDE_zps8i9bavoa.jpg

As it happens the binding around the actual transition is very stiff and I'm more than happy with it. It's the 'wet noodleyness' of the thong from about 2" after the transition that made my heart sink.

Although the rest of the thong is fine, tight plaiting, good seam and a nice six-point tip, I cannot in all conscience let this go out in this condition so I will have to take the overlay right back and add further binding.

With deadline approaching very fast, it's going to go right to the wire on this one! Still, focusses the mind if nothing else. yikes

Think for yourself, act for everyone.

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Re: Roger Tuson

Roger, heartiest congratulations on having the courage to see what's needed - and do it! I'm sure the result will be well worth the time and effort....

'Less is often more!'

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Re: Roger Tuson

That's what a dedicated whip maker does.
Kudos for taking the high road and making the best whip you can.
Both you and the recipient will happier.

I listen to music because punching people in the face is frowned upon.

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Roger that's so hard to redo, it looks so nice, too...  But hang in there!!!

Inch by inch.

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Coming along nicely - btw I love the puffy white clouds!

-C

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I feel your pain my friend, and can only second what the others already said.
Kudos for taking the path of pain, it's a bit heart breaking now but it'll be all the more rewarding in the end.

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Nice taper by the way

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@Craig - Thanks. They're my wife Kat's idea. She painted them all over the walls and ceiling, laving one area 'blank' for a dragon she's been planning for years.

Well, here's the re-bound thong:

Before plaiting...
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/D9B9A5A2-FFF1-4794-909D-24EA206869B7_zpsvohcsalh.jpg

And after... (sorry for the angle, couldn't fit it all in properly)
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/3BB05620-4E2A-4BE0-8935-976ED99F50CA_zpshcsev0vs.jpg

Much happier with it now. Have done the transition knot but had a bit of a 'mare with the heel knot, losing my foundation! yikes

I've rebuilt the foundation but will have to leave the final knot until Tuesday.

Think for yourself, act for everyone.

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Roger that looks mucho betters.

I listen to music because punching people in the face is frowned upon.

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Looking great!!!!  Well done, Roger!

Inch by inch.

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Looking Good!

Here's wishing you find time for the things you want to do, and for the things you need to do.
We see ourselves in our children and hope for a better future.

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Now that, Roger, looks like a really serious whip! Heartiest congratulations for having the courage to re-do it!

'Less is often more!'

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TA-DAAAAAAA!!
Now there's a transition for you.
Good stuff, it was worth the effort.

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Damn right! When you realise you have to go back and redo a huge section of work your heart kinda sinks but when you've done it and got back to where you were, seeing the improvement definitely makes it worth the effort. I haven't had an opportunity to test crack it yet (the weather's been awful) but tomorrow I'll get that heel knot sorted, test cracks done and (assuming all is good, which it should be), in the post and off to it's recipient. Talk about right down to the wire...  yikes

Do you know, I've been so wrapped up in making this whip, I forgot that someone's making one for me! Excited big_smile

Think for yourself, act for everyone.

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It does look way better now. I've started to notice on some of mine that they have a good transition at first, but then wimp out after use. I'm not sure if it's a problem with not enough plaits or if my anchor at the handle tip starts to loosen up.

If I can't run fast, I'll make slow look impressive.
"By the power of ibuprofen!"

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At last, finished.

http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/BE4295A7-4B03-431A-8979-63B45573EA12_zpsx6xmtsw9.jpg

Detail...
http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/29621BAE-4B10-4CBD-9780-E7A6C9DBEE64_zpsfw621cny.jpg

http://i1064.photobucket.com/albums/u368/DodgetheRog/Mobile%20Uploads/362E118D-0A4F-495D-A31A-1E0B6495C1A8_zps1zlbg0sa.jpg

The heel knot didn't quite come out as intended but it's actually quite comfortable.

Right, off to the Post Office!

Think for yourself, act for everyone.

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Ah, that sense of achievement once it's in the post!  smile

Looks good, Roger! I hope the recipient might post a short video showing how it handles....

'Less is often more!'

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Now that is cool, Roger!!!  The new owner has got to be pleased smile

Inch by inch.

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The handle pattern is pretty.  And, I love a comfortable heel knot.

Due to rising costs, dirty deeds are no longer done dirt cheap. 
                                                                                    ~Management

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Thanks Jessie, it's a 4-strand U4O4 - the first time I've managed to do it properly (now I  understand handle diameter and required number of strands) and am really pleased with how it turned out. No gaps, tight plaiting and the thong s the straightest plaiting I've ever done.

Oh, and it's a six point end after Mr Robert suggested I carry more weight down towards the end.

Rachel, the colors are black and Coyote.

Think for yourself, act for everyone.