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Topic: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

This is the Gallery of Ben Varsek

Owner and operator of Ben's Custom Whips. 

Welcome to the Master's Gallery, Ben.


And his "making of" gallery - you will find right here:  http://www.whip-basics.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=6310

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Congratulations, Ben! Good job man!

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
          -Mark Twain

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Well deserved, Ben! cool

And I think to myself, *What a wonderful world!"-Bob Thiele

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Great job Ben!

I used to think the brain was the most important organ. Then I thought, look what’s telling me that.

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Congrats Ben! Now let’s see some more of your beautiful work

He died for me, I'll live for him

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Congratulations Ben!!

Inch by inch.

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Nicely done Ben!

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Congratulations, Ben.

One, two, three... "WOOF!"

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Congrats Ben, can't wait to see what you put up here~

Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Thank all of you very, very much for your kind words!
All of you have helped me so much to improve my work and I wouldn't have a thread here without your help - thank you very, very much for that!

All the best
Ben

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Hi,

I'll start this thread by reposting the pictures which I've already shown in the whips section of the forum:

This is  the very first whip that I've made in February 2014. It's a 12 plait, 6 foot bullwhip which contains lots of eletrical tape on the inside (I didn't know it better at that time).
The performance and the roll out of this whip are terrible, but I've had lots of fun making and cracking it.

https://i.imgur.com/CZfI2yw.jpg


Here is a picture of my whipcracking stand at the KAMFT knife fair in may 2014. The idea behind this was to give KAMFT visitors the opportunity to try whipcracking under save conditions (safety zone, safety gear and technical instructions) for free.

https://i.imgur.com/FS9lfAt.jpg

On this 2014 knife fair, there had been another whipmaker who told me that electrical tape shouldn't be used in the construction of a whip and I stopped using it ever since.


These pictures shows my whipstand at the KAMFT knife fair in 2015, the very first year that I've got a licence to sell whips.
The two small whips in the middle of the picture have identical specs: 12 plait overlay, one (8 palit) belly and 3 foot of lenght.

https://i.imgur.com/WiGCopF.jpg

The whip in black and yellow is a 4 foot, 16 plait bullwhip with two palited bellies (8 plait and 12 plait) and an 8 inch handle. The thong on the left side of the picture shows a little part of my very first attempt of making an Australian stockwhip.

https://i.imgur.com/gB5d8gW.jpg

Soon after the 2015 KAMFT, I've made my first 8 foot 20 plait bullwhip:
Three plaited bellies (8, 12, 16) and 20 plait birdseye pattern on the handle.

https://i.imgur.com/LY6gPyR.jpg

I usualy don't make short whips because I am whipcracking beginner but I made this one to show the "KAMFT" visitors how much faster a short whip performs in comparison to a standart 6 foot whip.
The length of this whip is 100 cm (or 3,28 feet) it has a led core, a 8 inch handle, one 12 plait belly and a 16 plait overlay.
For the heel knot I have tried to make the same 7 bight gauch knot that Erik Torpström has used on one of his whips:

https://i.imgur.com/rpS9z9l.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Pmr11YP.jpg

Here is a picture showing how the core is constructed - the pictures of the core construction are from "experimental whip #2" but I have used the same method for "experimental whip #1". This picture is also showing the reason why I am calling this whip experimental. I have used spring steel with a small diameter (4mm) as handle. The idea was to achive the same effect as the g10 handles in the "Cirque" whips by Stephane Normand. The concept of making a core like that is a sightly modified version of the method taught in Tony Layzells DVD tutorial (I bought it in 2015).

https://i.imgur.com/WpjlDBW.jpg

As you can see I've ground down a part of the spring steel in order to bind it with artificial sinew after putting the entire handle into the paracord core. I then use a needle to connect the burned end of the lead string with the paracord sheath and tie a contrictor knot to secure it.

https://i.imgur.com/i8gnYNV.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/77Z3RYC.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/XMmnNfS.jpg

I have used the "flip and shake method" for stringdrops on this whip which turned out okay for most parts (I was having trouble with this method before) but there is one gap in the overlay.

https://i.imgur.com/G6Pcyyy.jpg

The initial heel kont of this whip had been white but it got an ugly yellow "stain" after waxing and I therefore decided to remove it.

https://i.imgur.com/MoJxngY.jpg

Here are some pictures of a 5 foot target bullwhip. The combination of solid band / stairstep and checkerbord is a Rhett Kelley invention:

https://i.imgur.com/ZVsL8YP.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/8QNC9qW.jpg

As you can see the solid band next to the heel knot is more exposed than the solid band next to the transition knot (notes have been taken and I will do a better job on my next whip).

Here are some pictures of an older whip order. The first two pictures show the whips before waxing.

The coyote brown / OD green Bullwhip is a 5 footer with 2 plaited bellies and a 16 plait overlay.
The black / charcoal grey is a 8 footer with the same specs.
The combination of colors as well as the overall design has been selected by the customer (I really like it).

https://i.imgur.com/CIvoMZb.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/FMbjQzD.jpg

Here are some pictures of the whips after waxing (again - I apologize: I'm a not much of a photographer):

https://i.imgur.com/CBRf7KM.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/LYGufZA.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/1JDIV9m.jpg

Here are some pictures of a whip which I made for myself. It's a shoot loaded 6,5 footer with two plaited bellies (8 and 12) and a 16 plait overlay. Since I'm participating on the 10/10 challenge, I thought it was a good idea to have a whip which will show up well on camera and therfore made the entire whip (except for the knots) in neon orange.

Both bellies of this whip are made with a TT at the end. Insted of staring the TT where the core strand ends I've dropped a string from the 4 plait and used the core strand together with the 3 remaining strands of the 4 plait to make the TT.

I've also changed my "binding" formula for this whip in order to achive a more fluid and resposive whip with a quick forming loop (I'm quiet happy with the result smile ).

I transitioned from square start to double herringbone faster than its usualy done since I didn't want the U1O1 sequence to be seen on the handle (on a normal square start the heel knot wouldn't have covered the entire U1O1 sequence).

https://i.imgur.com/ad12DFe.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/CzYbgu2.jpg

Here is a close up of the fall hitch. I've used Tyler's method of making a loaded fall with the only difference that the stiched portin of the fall is covered by the fall hitch and I also did some slitbariding at the stiched portion. The main reason for this is that my stiching looks terrible but Rachel has given me some very useful tipps on that (thank you Rachel !!!) and I will use her tipps for making the falls on my next whips.

https://i.imgur.com/yZsYpLP.jpg

I've also made myself a 5 foot snakewhip since I wanted to have a "every day carry" whip.
I liked Erik's idea of making a whip in "friendly colors" that would rather trigger interest than scare people.
Since I prefer to have a heavy core on whips that are shorter than 6 foot (especialy on snakewhips) I've made this whip with a lead core. The lead core has the same measurements (diameter and lenght) as a 8 plait belly including the shoot loaded core. In other words: this whip has only one plaited belly (12 palit) and a 16 palit overlay.
I used the coral snake color setup for this whip with differnt colors than the normal coral snake pattern.

https://i.imgur.com/e3JBfS4.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/OkHw7lC.jpg

Here are pictures of another order. The customer wanted to have a 6 foot bullwhip with 3 plaited bellies (8, 12, 16) and a 20 plait overlay. He also wanted no transition knot on this whip, herringbone from heel to tip, a wrist loop and a 6 bight 7 parts TH in two colors as a heel knot. In terms of colors he wanted to have black as the main color with a running v pattern in bright silver with only 1 silver string per side.

I've been using Rachel's stiching tips for making the loaded fall and I'm happy with how it turned out.


https://i.imgur.com/v5lIdew.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/w6GZZBW.jpg

Here is a picture of the 2017 Dog Shelter Donation whip that I've made.
It's a 5 foot snakewhip, lead loaded from heel to tip, three plaited bellies (8, 12, 16) and a 20 plait overlay. It has an English eye and a twisted, lead loaded, double looped fall.

https://i.imgur.com/hQjSpYv.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/5GvdlNk.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/gDcSWSB.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/YyRTUCn.jpg


All the best
Ben

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Ben, this is a very impressive collection! I have no doubt it will continue to grow! Well done!  smile

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Ben very vell done!!

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

A clear positive progression can be seen in these whips.
Very well done.

Ron

When you can say, " That was close." you're doing ok.

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Very impressive, Ben and well worthy of a Master's Gallery!

One, two, three... "WOOF!"

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Ben, a record of increasingly outstanding work!!!

Inch by inch.

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Ben, the first time i looked at your post, the pictures didn't load. Now that I'm looking again, they showed up. I can see a huge amount of improvement. Also, some serious inspiration for this.

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.
          -Mark Twain

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Excellent, Ben!  I hope to learn a thing or 2 from you!

If you fall, I'll be there.
                            ~Floor

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

That’s all proof that you deserve this spot. Your plaiting looks super clean and your patterns are beautiful. Congrats Ben

He died for me, I'll live for him

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Re: This is the Gallery of "Ben's Custom Whips" - Ben Varsek

Thank all of you very, very much for your kind words smile !

I haven't taken pictures of all of the whips that I've made so far, but that's going to change from now on. I'm currently working on another whip and a corresponding build thread which I'll post as soon as I'm done!

All the best
Ben