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Topic: My whip gallery/build thread

I made this new gallery/build, because of the problems with photobucket.
I didn't copy all the posts, only the posts which contained pictures.

happy reading.
Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

4-3-2017 (EU) / 3-4-2017 (US)
First of all, forgive me my English, if anything is not understandable, please ask for clarification.


I’m starting this thread 'cause I want to show you what I have done so far. I hope it will help you to get to know me a bit more and understand where I'm at when it comes to whip making. And also, because later this week I'll be starting a new whip and it feels strange making a build thread if did gave you the chance to see my previous work.
I'm still learning my way around the forum, normally when I meet masters in their craft, like on this forum (There are people here who know way more than me), I would remain silent at the side line out of respect and just watch and learn. I mean, who am I, right, when there's someone who's a master in what he/she does.
However, a few weeks ago I read a post somewhere on this forum saying that the views and opinions of new members are also appreciated, because they might bring a fresh point of view on the subject.
Now I'm trying to change my attitude and chime in... However, I don't want to step on anybody's toes, so please tell me if I do.
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I started with reading a lot of stuff and searching for tutorials. I read various turorials that can be found online. I also, and I'm not the first one, came across Nick's videotutorials. I viewed some of them and I'm not saying they're the holy grail (that would be impossible, because it was lost after Indy and his father found it), but they have a certain visual aid that helped me to see how certain things are done.
At the same time I also found a video about how electrical tape in bullwhips is .... I watched and I learned. There was a odd fella telling about electrical tape in bullwhips, I don't remember his name... Amper... something... :-D
The follow up on that one was fun too by the way.
I also found tutorials by Tyler, Alex from Cobrawhips and a few others.
In between whips I kept reading and eventually found this forum too. I was bend on making every new whips better than the one before. And whenever I was not happy with something I would go online and try to find a solution, or another way of doing it.
So yeah, that's pretty much how I started.
I like to believe I 'grew' into my own style after reading and watching the tutorials. But I'm not saying I'm an expert in anything, on the contrary, I'm a rookie and I have the utmost respect for anyone here, I'm here to become a part of this community and I believe I will develop my skills with your aid. In the hope to return the favour sometimes.
After a long introduction, here goes...
Whip #1
http://i.imgur.com/aYKj4bx.jpg
Full album: http://imgur.com/a/qHxP7
I never really understood what everyone was telling about when they discussed the wet noodle whip, after this one I did.
The infamous wet noodle whip. It cracked though.
I was trying to interpret the various tutorials. You see, in the Netherlands, a lot of stuff is either called differently or is not available at all here.
The base of the whip was a 8mm steel rod with a think core filled to about 30cm with 6mm BBs.
I had problems with the checkerboard pattern and figured it would be something to try the next time.
Still, I was proud of it. I actually took it apart a few weeks ago and I'm making a small snake whip with the paracord.
Whip #2
http://i.imgur.com/obWwk2l.jpg
The full album: http://imgur.com/a/5foNp
This was an abomination and was born because someone wanted me to make it. I made absolutely clear to him it was only my second whip, and I was in no way any good in whip maker. He said it didn't mind, and wanted me to make him a very thick 10 feet whip. I did the best I could and I cracked it twice before putting it away. I think my neighbors though someone was firing a gun in the streets.
I send it to him but the package never arrived, or at least he claims it never did, the track and trace page said it did arive. Anyway...
Whip #3
http://i.imgur.com/LDN9nXU.jpg
The full album: http://imgur.com/a/ZFkzA
I love Blue, this was a fun whip to make.
I transitioned from 6mm BBs to 4.5mm BBs. Do you see that zig-zag part of the thong, alsmost from the middle to the end? I wasn't proud of that, not at all. But still, I loved making it.
Whip #4
http://i.imgur.com/4MbD2fi.jpg
The full album: http://imgur.com/a/gHwGJ
I made this one for a friend of mine. One of the whips I made reminded him of his time when he working in the circus and he really wanted one. I gave it to him and when we were practicing he cut the topside of his nose with the whip. That was the first time I actually saw what a whip could do. I felt bad, but he said it was his fault for not handling it right. I pointed him to youtube.
Whip #5
http://i.imgur.com/vcBS9TC.jpg
The full album: http://imgur.com/a/32zIg
This one was fun to do and allowed me to make a single colored handle. Very much fun indeed.
From this whip on, I put some speakerwire into the core, right after the BBs end and all the way to the tip. I gives me stability. I don't know if it's a wise thing to do, please tell me.
Whip #6
http://i.imgur.com/YNgD19Y.jpg
The full album: http://imgur.com/a/xX4T1
This is the latest whip and it flows rather well compared to the previous whips.
Those were my projects up to now. Please if you have advice, critique or something else, tell me. I have the feeling I only scrapped the surfice of this new found hobby.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

14-3-2017 (EU) / 3-14-2017 (US)

About 10 days ago I started work on a new whip, unfortunately having a hobby that's so much fun makes me forget time a bit. So between taking care of my family and making this whip I neglected to append this post with the build of this whip. I'm sorry for that.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy, and please share your opinions, so I may incorporate any improvements in the next whip.
Full album: http://imgur.com/a/6D8Bk
http://i.imgur.com/glASl1m.jpg
First I measured and cut a piece of 33 centimenter 6mm steel rod.
http://i.imgur.com/jSZXGDR.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/BzDQPqY.jpg
I grinded one end so that a piece of paracord will fit over it and make some grooves with the grinder.
I forgot to make a photo of it, but I also ''damaged'' the surface of the entire rod a but with the grinder. Making the first layer of paracord have some more grip on the steel rod.
http://i.imgur.com/4Vl48dg.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zrOJBz5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Z4sI1kd.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0e19ZV3.jpg
I then filled a piece of paracord with 40cm of BBs, put it over the grinded part of the rod and secured it.
http://i.imgur.com/IQzlnYJ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0T7wwzs.jpg
Next I took a piece steel cable and measured it so it will end right at the 8 ft marker (measured from the butt of the whip)
This is the first time I'm using a steelcable so I'm very curious how the whip will perform.
http://i.imgur.com/7unPsmd.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ridHBkU.jpg
This is the first 8 plait layer I started.
http://i.imgur.com/ZGAGQ1I.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/5zmPVU2.jpg
This is the first belly the way I bind them.
http://i.imgur.com/uH6uOmF.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AVi19Io.jpg
And that's the second belly. I actually started work on the overlay already and forgot to make a picture of the binding on the second belly.
But I can tell that I bound it several times with closed loop in the transisiton and a few inches into the thong. On my previous whip I bound the entire second belly, however I didn't on this whip, because this whip is a bit longer. I just hope it will not affect the handling of the whip. If it does, I will have to correct that on the next whip.
More will follow...

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

21-3-2017 (EU) / 3-21-2017 (US)

I managed to snap a photo of the binding of the second belly, it's not the best photo, but ok.
http://i.imgur.com/OZbibyo.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0EC7fpk.jpg
I made a very small personal touch to the overlay of the whip.
http://i.imgur.com/usIwK4q.jpg
This is how I currently drop strands on single color whips, but I'm still not satisfied with how it looks eventually. I'm able to smooth it out somewhat with rolling, but there's always gonna be some bulging. That the next problem I'm going to tackle in the future.
On the whip I have from Steve Huntress I really can't tell where the strand drops are, so it has to be possible to make invisible or almost invisible stranddrops.
http://i.imgur.com/f53CAlv.jpg
I'm somewhat proud of this fall hitch, it might not look like much, but it's far better than any previous fall hitch I made.
http://i.imgur.com/29GJN46.jpg
This is the final curvage of the whip after the overlay has finished.
http://i.imgur.com/PFrMr7v.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/w6ACgum.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/e1VWNYQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/vWDJRWc.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zfuBm9l.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iE7EAbk.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VAw5rqu.jpg
The end is bound, the steel rod is cut, the knot foundation is made and the turkshead is braided.
I'm still tinkering the foundation, I do believe it's too small, that's something I will try to correct in the next whip.
And I want to tidy it up a but, it's a bit of a mess right now. I use various materials in making the foundation.
I wanted to use a leather strip at first, but I struggled with sourcing leather. Then I found some vinyl flooring witch was perfect. And it was synthetic as well :-)
I use a piece of lead, a piece of rubber and a piece of vinyl flooring for the foundation. And some rounded off nails. I was afraid the nails would leave a bulge in the final turkshead, but they're not noticable.
http://i.imgur.com/eq36DjE.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/K9FqC2Y.jpg
There's the transistion knot.
And the final whip.
http://i.imgur.com/zyqK0nq.jpg
I know, my pictures don't look fancy at all. Next time I will use a better camera and some better styling.
So that's basicly how I build this whip.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and the previous post, I hope you enjoyed.

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

16-4-2017 (EU) / 4-16-2017 (US)

I finished the first belly of my new whip. This time I used an all steelwire core. Sheathed in 550 paracord. It takes some time to get it in, but it works.
I'm trying out different cores, just to see and feel what works and what not. Thus, this whip contains only steel wire.
Well, cuz pics say more than words, here goes...
http://i.imgur.com/uDmHORA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/dBRFVdl.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0oshLzL.jpg
As you can see, I found a new friend, I will take him as my padawan.
http://i.imgur.com/OFxEZIS.jpg
I recently also bought myself a new gift.
http://i.imgur.com/JqLhTWk.jpg
Let's see how this works with plaiting. big_smile

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

22-4-2017 (EU) / 4-22-2017 (US)

I finished the second belly and started on the overlay.
Adding strand instead of dropping them feels odd. But I really wanted an english eye on this whip.
Making the english eye wasn't that difficult, only I though I had the middle of my strands, but it turns out I'm 20cm off.
http://i.imgur.com/oQ4V8Us.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iIFJ9e7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/jofDmaP.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wCQ4lGY.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Nw6YIC7.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0QRe94u.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/I7raX4L.jpg
There's the end piece of my core that's still sticking out of the overlay. I'm not sure how to finish that.
Burn it off? Tuck it in?
Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

3-7-2017 (EU) / 7-3-2017 (US)

And here are the final pictures. I finally finished the whip.
http://i.imgur.com/oeZwMv1.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/aneO5Ls.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/QQj2lBQ.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/U1255t3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/yriGRY5.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/cCY13OA.jpg
Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

This is my new whip, number 9.

I listened and implemented the advice given to me, regarding rolling and binding the whip.

http://i.imgur.com/NgnySZe.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Vg3QXAY.jpg

Previously I used two wooden boards to roll the whip inbetween. Now I roll the whip on a granite plate using a woodden boards and a stone slab on top of that.
And I put some weight into it.

I looks so much better and the plaiting becomes so tight that the sinew doesn't slip in between the strands, for the most part. And I roll the belly before binding and after binding.
It's like a new world opened to me, so thanks everyone for the advice.

On top off that I bound both bellies with closed loop binding.

Can't wait to do the overlay.

Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

That's looking so much better.

Ron

Yesterday I spotted an albino dalmatian.
It was the least I could do for him.

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That looks really good Sven!

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That's a good job, Sven - time consuming, but well worth it. Thanks!

'Less is often more!'

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Great job Sven! Lots of work and effort went into that, I applaud you sir!

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Very nice Sven!!!  I hope to do this as well.... You've set a fine example.

Inch by inch.

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

Thanks everyone, it was a bit of work, but not as much as it seems.

Rachel, my thread was 6 pages long, yours is 50+. Are you sure? smile

Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

By the way, if someone else wants to do this, this is how I did it:

Copy every post with pictures into word, making sure each post started on a new page

Select the whole text and pic and ctrl+c, the in word, select paste special and don't use html, use unformatted text.
This way the pictures show up as links.

Than in imgur, select the link and replace the old link in the word document. Then just add the "" code on the link.

When you're all set, just copy the whole unformatted text with new links and create a new thread.
I made seperare posts, thats why I started every original post on a new page in Word, to keep it organized.

If something is not clear, just ask.

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With code, I ment (img)(/img), but use [ ] instead.

Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

Sven van Leeuwen wrote:

Thanks everyone, it was a bit of work, but not as much as it seems.

Rachel, my thread was 6 pages long, yours is 50+. Are you sure? smile

Sven

Shoot- true enough!
It would take awhile.

Inch by inch.

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

Aaaaand... I'm 1.70m short on paracord... sad

At least I got an excuse to order some more smile

Sven

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Re: My whip gallery/build thread

OH NO!!!!
Or,
OH YES!!!!
Depending on the angle of your outlook!!!

Inch by inch.

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Hahaha. More like something in between. If that's possible.

Sven

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