If I can add a few thoughts on binding:
When I bind, I start by following a single strand and laying the AS over the top of it. Using the doorknob method I maintain as much tension as I can hold and follow that strand all the way to the end of the belly, whether it be first or second. I then go back up to the heel again, following a strand all the way. On the next pass, I follow a different strand down to about 6" above the end of the belly and then return. I keep doing this until the pass is only going 6-8" past the transition.
I then change to a closed loop bind over the transition point, keeping closed until I reach about 6" then start to open it up for another 6-8". I do a return pass with a shallow open loop bind and then go down again with another closed loop bind, opening up the further away from the transition that I get. Repeat until stiffness is at desired point.
Each time I rotate the whip, I aim to get as much tension as I can, maintaining it wherever I happen to be on the belly. I never reduce tension the further down the whip I go.
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