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Mark, I sure have wondered about Mr. Marcus too.  Mr. Curly Dekle produced a whole lot of whips as well.
Ha!  Yes we have a LOT of plaiting to do to catch up!!!! 

There seem to be three distinct styles of Florida Cow Whips.

1- fitted in the cup

2- out of the cup but somewhat tight to the handle.  Still a cup there.  Acts like a hinge similar to an Australian Stock whip. 

3- more like a bullock whip, a thong tied to a stick type handle.  No cup, a notch cut around the stick

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Most cow whips were built with a very small cup and they hinged like a stock whip. Those whips were typically 12 or 14 plait. On the heavier 16 plaits, I like to run them in a deep cup, so they feel more like a bullwhip.

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Roy Partin wrote:

Most cow whips were built with a very small cup and they hinged like a stock whip. Those whips were typically 12 or 14 plait. On the heavier 16 plaits, I like to run them in a deep cup, so they feel more like a bullwhip.

From someone who knows!  Thank you, Roy.  I can only base my ideas on the pictures I've seen and talking to people, but you have the real experience.  I sure appreciate it.

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Thanks Rachel and Roy, whip history is as fascinating as whip building.
Also that number was supposed to be 3975, not 3575. I'm getting lazy with my proofreading again.

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And here is the final photo:
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 (6 plait) with twisted taper ends, no bolsters.
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/fr/cp0/e15/q65/30420689_10204302595402418_2909972450843245601_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=8e82313e5244fb4e5c479c0e62ddf083&oe=5B5DB3EB

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That looks super Rachel.
Is that long flat piece on the end  the fall, with out a cracker?

How does it crack when put together?

Ron

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yay!  its looks pretty cool Whippy Sistah

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Thanks, WS!


Thanks Ron, the "fall" will serve as more of a gentle tap on the oxen and won't cut their hair or mark them.  It is a single piece of roo. 
It will tie on with a doubled sttand of paracord looped around the end of a long stick with a notch cut in it.

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Aww yiss that looks great Rachel!! ^_^

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Neat!

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

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Rachel, that is so cool! Excellent job as always.

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Rachel it looks wonderful!

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Very good indeed, Rachel. It looks wonderfully 'period'! (By that, I mean sort of 1870s - but that may be historically wrong.)

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Racehl - That is a special construction. What is the reason and what do it do, when you don't build it with a bolster inside. More alive , slower, durabel or .. ?

Is it fun to crack  -  or can it crack (like a gunshot smile )  at all ?  or is only ment for give the cow's that little tap to stear them ?

Sorry for all the questions, but the world of working with Cattle the way you do "over there" is completely unknown to me

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That is a superb piece of work, Rachel. I love the twisted tail to the thong.

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

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Thank y'all very much,
Flemming, no bolsters mainly means less diameter and less weight to the best of my knowledge.  Yes it is meant for a softer tap to steer the oxen.  This would be for a pair or a team in a yoke being driven from the ground.  With a loaded fall and cracker it would (will!) Crack well.

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Very nice Rachel. It looks like you are getting really good at cutting those strands. I bet this design works perfectly for its purpose

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Thank you very much, Roy.  I hope to gain much more practice on cutting those strands!

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Thanks for the explanation Rachel

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You are very welcome!

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