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Gio, thank you so much!

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A little different project I did a little while ago.  An ox whip. Full 100% kangaroo.  7 1/2' long with an 18" long twist on the end and plaited from the tip (to spec for client).  8 plait to 6 plait to 4 plait. 5×4 two tone Turks Head.  Twisted Taper core, single plaited belly with twisted taper ends, no bolsters.   In the final picture, it has not been rolled and the TH not tightened.

Twisted Taper core... Just like I use in my nylon whips.
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/29871609_10204262921010583_7286620586550822992_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=cd36ad4f458a37d6e964cfc9f82c8f96&oe=5B298430

Belly with a keeper.
Twisted Taper belly end, just like my nylon whips...
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/29744336_10204262921450594_323635259912916049_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=d3a03f1be2199625e60ac9fa66786d40&oe=5B37AA67


The twist for the overlay
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/29744969_10204262921370592_7722148614601737327_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=1d4eae1dcc48aa740004f0bb6ca55b8b&oe=5B718225


Starting the overlay
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/29983589_10204262921290590_4875580192630983291_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=518da2721c523c0b5cf198668d5e2ed9&oe=5B36B305

Overlay, not rolled and knot not tightened. 
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/29871777_10204262920890580_5827632506236014008_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=fad7d2e0cafa3a8d87077a5c2147fc07&oe=5B311EB1
Suspense, you must await the final photo.... wink

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Rachel, that looks so cool.
I can't wait for the final photo.

Ron

As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

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Way cool, Rachel. You are awesome!

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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Thanks, Ron and Mark: I have a LOT to learn, but I do see the TT core works well for a leather whip in my very short experience.  That's what I really wanted to know.  I completed this a while back, but it hadn't went "home" yet.

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Rachel, is the core kangaroo as well? You say this is 100% kangaroo, but I can't be sure from the photo about the twisted taper core.... How long a handle will you use for this whip? Fascinating project!  smile

'Less is often more!'

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Can't say that I have seen twisted roo before. You are stepping into new territory on this one, which is super exciting. Congrats lady, it is going to be awesome

He died for me, I'll live for him

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Mr. Robert, Yessir, 100% roo... Including the Twisted Taper core.  Its new owner had his own handle about 5-6' long he will hang it on.
(Bullock whip).

Thanks Roy!  I think it lends itself well to a twist.

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Finally another whip maker who states "100% roo" - and the it is 100% roo...! That is what I mean, when I talk about quality promises. Very good, Rachel. Very good. And I'm with Roy - I've never seen a core like this. A small step for a man. But a giant leap...  smile

Thank you for the pics, Rachel!

Robby

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It looks great Rachel! Looking forward for this.

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Robby, thank you very much, my friend!  It seems to me the traditional cow whips, of buckskin, are made with a Twisted Taper core (the pictures I have seen) so it makes sense kangaroo would do good in the same application.  That is exciting to me... Must see about this in more applications wink
Thank you, Robby.

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Very cool Rachel!

I love the TT, because it , in a way, simplifies the ends of the bellies. Compared to just lashing the end of a belly to the core. Which is very hard to get the smooth tapered shape and tension necessary. It is interesting to see that it works just as well with leather as it does paracord!

Looks so very rough and tough! Great job!

"I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious."
- Albert Einstein

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In Ron Edward's book he uses a twisted single piece of leather or rawhide that he wets, twists and let's dry for a core of a stock whip,, but it's nothing like this.

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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Jyri, thank you!

Ethan, thanks, it definitely (TT core/end bellies) continues the taper in a predictable and controllable fashion!

Mark, I've seen that!!!  That was part of the thought.... And the cow whips I've seen pictures of:
https://www.floridamemory.com/solr-sear … ow%20whips

...mostly seem to use a TT core.

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Those are pretty cool photos Rachel. Thanks for sharing them. I've never seen leather cow whips before.

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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Mark, you are quite welcome!  There are several handle styles in there too.  Very informative and interesting pictures!

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Very cool & 100% roo, to boot!

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

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Wonder if Mr J. Taylor Marcus is still plaiting whips?

Also notice that they don't push the thong into the cup of the handle like I've been doing. Is that more traditional or just a personal preference?

Also notice that Mr. Mills is a tough old bird with his bony butt sitting on that hard board. yikes

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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Also, I only need to make about 3575 more whips to catch up with Mr. Braddock.

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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Scott A. Cary wrote:

Very cool & 100% roo, to boot!

Thanks, Scott! 
I must say I'm even more excited about some of the upcoming whips.... But that's all I'm going to say about that for now big_smile

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