Topic: 8 ft Snake
I started an 8 ft snake whip yesterday and since I had a few beers tonight (after I finished plaiting) it seems like a good idea to bore you all with the build. So far i'm really pleased with how it's going, the TT core is smoother than any other I've done. I've had a few problems with one strand wanting to wrap around the other unevenly. I really worked hard on keeping the tension even between the two this time and it has paid off. I just decided to refuse to accept any imperfections, no matter how many times I had to redo it. Of course, when I finally finished it, I found a few places had slipped by me, but a few whacks with a hammer seemed to get everything in line. I also really focused on trying to feather the ends of the binding, transitioning from a closed loop to an open in order to not have any hinges. One other thing I tried that I've never done before is instead of using BBs for mass, I threaded several strands of leaded fishing line into the gutted paracord strands that I used to make the TT core. We'll see how it turns out.
That's as far as I got tonight. I think I want to use a piece of wood for the heel on this. The overlay will be solid black as well. I've got a piece of hickory, some Goncalo Alves, and some purple heart that I could use for the heel. Might even try to work in a brass or nickle ferrule as well. We'll see what the whip wants to do.