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Here's an 8' cow whip in chocolate brown with a 14" bocote handle, un-weighted 28" cracker, and a twisted-tapered core. The last foot of the overlay is also a TT and the ends of each of the 2 bellies are twisted into the core or belly below it as well. I bound the TT core pretty heavily, but none of the bellies are bound. The whip performs splendidly. It feels really well balanced to me. Honestly, it was such a relief to make a normal whip again after the last two odd-ball whips. I'll try to get a video of it before I ship it out to Florida Monday, but since I'll be at work I don't know if I'll be able to. It's nothing fancy, but it is a very solid, well-behaved whip. Many thanks to Rachel for all the inspiration and teaching she has provided and for steering customers my way. She is my hero.


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Simply beautiful, chocolate brown is one of my favourite whip colours.

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Mark, very cool looking whip. Love the handle.
I really like the plaiting changes on the thong.
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Thank you, Andrew and Ron.

Andrew, it is one of my favorites as well, although any solid color really works for me. I see a lot of 2 and 3 color whips and many of them are absolutely fantastic, but I still prefer solid colors.

Ron, I certainly hope so.

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Mark, this is a very serious-looking whip.  I love it!  The handle is magnificent!  smile

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Looks really great! I too like the handle and plaiting changes. smile
This whip to me looks a little like a brown version of the all-black Amper-style whips Rachel did last year.


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Mark, I LOVE this whip!!!!!  You're The Man!  That is awesome!

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Beatiful whip Mark!


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This is really nice, Mark.  I love it!

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Thanks, guys. Wooden handled whips, especially cow whips, are becoming my favorite types of whips to make and crack. Bocote is a very beautiful wood and it is easy to work with and very strong.

Wolfgang, all the folks on the forum have been a big inspiration to me and have provided me with a lot of tips and help and I really appreciate them all. Rachel's whips look like what I see in my mind's eye when I think of a whip, though, so I shamelessly try to make my whips look like that as well. I will never achieve the level of perfection that Rachel does, but I shall keep trying, at least as long as my wrists hold up.

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Mark, this is fantastic! Well done, sir!

I'll give it a try, Dad, but it's going to be really hard...kind of like trying to saw something in half using a banana.


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Mark - I love the variations in the braiding.  It's surprising how well they show with a single color. Good color choice.

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Thank you, Scott and Craig. The chocolate brown is one of my favorites as well.

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