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Topic: The "Making of" Gallery - Rachel McCollough

In this thread, Rachel will post her making of pictures. The finished whip will be presented in the Makers and Masters Gallery. If you have questions on materials, braiding, patterns and what ever... Post it here!. If you like to comment on a finished whip... Post it here. The Galleries will be only what they're called - Galleries.

When you are exited on something - post it here. If you like to say how much you like something - or not - post it here. All comments which are made in the respective gallery will be simply deleted. The galleries will be like an exhibition. The whip, the art, the name of the whip. Not more. If you want to say something... You know where to post, right?


Thank you for your cooperation!

Robby

I have a screwdriver. I am Legend...

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12' Cow Whip
Selecting the handle
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27164355_10204012351106492_3481505929571023082_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=8583cdf997cb88d4d496163e877383ef&oe=5B1EDE3B

Shaping the handle, 15" Bocoté
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27503649_10204012378987189_6334416119028893930_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=7000814bfb23e2888c671722223a6849&oe=5AEA73B4

Finished handle
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27624971_10204012378467176_3598793571886411739_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=b6c4cc04a0224585e18565052d56c924&oe=5ADDBC8E

Forgot to take a picture of the core, but here is the core and beginning of the first belly
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27500960_10204012378747183_6196071022556144639_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=dc90354d2010915cbdbaa31b453c959d&oe=5ADE8FC9

First belly
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27500635_10204012379307197_3100551940537121393_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=4117ad46ef89f1c7244d61d418b75df4&oe=5B21D8A8

Plaiting second belly
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27356008_10204012377947163_1459536607478902861_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=8861ad4525e81411ab206790e0c8ea7f&oe=5B25F0AE

Overlay
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27628983_10204012378787184_5013619829470927823_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=fb6212dea2b0307d0a447ee7b14c705d&oe=5B266362

Waxing
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27163998_10204012350746483_6640961410990383537_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=6e23b57a99eeaae81e6a53820c368e1e&oe=5AD9047B

Inch by inch.

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https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/27500800_10204012379787209_7501784762385583997_o.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=cc1f4b5265110107aedc91fea425509f&oe=5AEA5D5D

Inch by inch.

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That white thong is striking.  I'm afraid that I would never be able to crack it for fear of staining it and ruining the look. I think that I am quickly becoming a fan of wood handled whips.  Very nicely done, Rachel!

Yeah, that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by...

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Thank you, Scott!  That's about the first whip that I've sent off without trying it out.  I was way too scared of getting it dirty. 
That was my first full white whip...

I love the wood.  Every piece is a surprise!

Inch by inch.

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I love watching how you hand craft the handle.
Especially when the wood finally reveals it's natural personality.
A long whip like that would be a nice slow throw.
Great job.

Ron

What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters ...

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Thank you very much, Ron! A slow throw indeed! 
Each piece sure does have its own personality.

Inch by inch.

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Rachel, I love the process. Gives me more inspiration about what to do with my TT core.

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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That is gorgeous, Rachel. Love that handle.

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Ah..white whip..<3

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That looks fantastic!

Do you hand shape all of your wooden handles? I mean, no lathe work involved?

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Rachel, this is magnificent! But I, too, would be afraid of getting it dirty - and it's hardly what one might call an 'indoor whip'!

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Thank you Jesse, I look forward to seeing what you do!

Jyri, thanks!

Mark, thank you very much!  I love the pattern in that handle, really nice grain.

Mr. Robert, indeed not an inside whip!  Definitely outdoors!  Thank you smile

Christopher, thank you; yes I shape all of my handles by hand with no lathe.  I don't yet own a lathe.

Inch by inch.

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Rachel, it's my thought that you should never do your handles with a lathe.
You are known for hand forming the handles and that makes you and your handles special.

With a lathe they could be made faster and easier, but then they would be common.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with using one because you could put a special turn on the handles to make them unique, but easily done by others, by hand shaping it makes yours special, more personal.

Ron

What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters ...

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I'm with Ron - don't buy a lathe!

Yeah, that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by...

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No lathe, definitely! The handmade handles are such a part of your USP, Rachel. Don't ever lose that.

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

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Well I think I will leave any purchase of a lathe in Lonnie's territory then!  Hes mentioned making duck calls from some of the cut offs I have.

I've thought about purchasing a lathe, but procrastinated biting the bullet.  I think I shall put those funds toward leather tools instead.

I will indeed maintain no lathe at all, all handmade. 
Thank y'all, I appreciate it; now I need to look at bevelers big_smile

Inch by inch.

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Rachel, for what it's worth, I want to add my vote: please don't start using a lathe! Your hand-made handles are perfection!

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Thank you Mr. Robert smile
I will stick with this rasp!

Inch by inch.

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Are we supposed to comment here?  I was a little confused about Robby's email yesterday.  I don't speak German.  hmm

Oh.  I see above he translated.  Ok, got it.

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