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Craig Frank wrote:

Robby - I couldn't make it out from the video, what was the total amount that was raised for the doggos?

Craig, it was just over 500 Euros - I think, 506.

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Congratulations to all the winners!  And to the pups:  "Good Dog!"  big_smile

Yaprimascharif, Yahasanna Hadisany, elafinas tabachu, Dari chalemy elasin!

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I received this whip from Collin today in the mail. Of course, I had to head straight out to the back yard and try it out. It is really a nice handling whip. It cracks very easily, the balance is good, maybe a little bit back towards the heel than I like but that's just personal preference. It really flows nicely and is a fun whip to crack. The plaiting is a little rough in a few places (Collin is a relatively new plaiter and I'm quite sure his looks better than mine did at this stage of my whipmaking career) but doesn't affect the performance of the whip at all. The seams are very straight, there are no kinks in the thong, and the transition from the 4-plait to the twisted-tapered tail is perfect. I'm not a big fan of the Spanish Ring Knots as a technique for dropping strands in the overlay, but it is an effective way of doing it, and the knots are very well made and don't seem to affect the performance of the whip, either. Again, that's more personal preference. The handle is a nice piece of mahogany, 16 inches long, well-turned and comfortable to hold. This is a very nice whip and I shall certainly enjoy using it. Thank you Collin.

https://youtu.be/ZzgwTDhb2R0

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Mark, it sure does seem to flow well in the video.
Thanks for posting it and sharing the experience with us.

Ron

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Mark, congratulations on winning this fine whip - and to Collin, for making it!  smile

I think your coachman's cracks are impressive - especially the first one.  This reinforces what Robby has so often said to me: don't think about it so much, just do it!  After the first one, you started thinking.  Then, on the fourth, you said to yourself, 'Oh, what the heck!' and just did it!  A very useful demonstration!

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Thanks Mark for the feedback and video! Any technical advise for the plaiting, or is it just a matter of practice at this point?

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” ~Billy Wilder

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Thanks, Robert.  I still suffer from extreme self-consciousness when videoing. I know that videoing myself cracking makes it eaisier to correct problems, but watching me crack is very uncomfortable to me.

Collin, it is something I struggle with still. I try to make sure (and usually fail) that the underlying belly or bolster is very smooth. I try to look closely at every cycle and make sure the strands aren't twisted and that they are laying exactly where I want them to lay, and that there is no gaps and that they aren't getting bunched up. And the hardest but most important thing of all, that the tension is equal, not only from side to side but throughout the length of the whip.  Mostly I think that it is a matter of being totally focused on what you are doing as you plait. The more you do it the better you'll get.

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Mark gives perfect advice.  Practice it right, the way you want it to be, and one day you’ll start plaiting and realize you aren’t even thinking about it, just in the zone.  Very nice whip, Collin!
Mark, great cracking!

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Well done Collin!

Today i sended the whip to Germany!

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Congratulations to everyone for the donations and the money raised. Well done! Looks like I'll once again be sending a package to Finland! Jyri, I'll sort it out tomorrow and get it on its way next week.

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Lonnie told me that a Package arrived from Mystery Man that contains the wonderful beehive whip!  I’m so excited to get to crack it, but I’m at work and won’t be home until Monday morning!!!!!  Whew, hurry up weekend!

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WS I hear it is a beauty!

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Rachel, from I've seen in the photos,  it's beeutiful.

Ron

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Looking forward for it sir Roger!

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Look at the beautiful GReAT cracking whip by Jessie Edwards, Suis Generis Whips, that arrived in the mail Saturday!  I worked a 48 and came home to take a very long nap (24+ hours wink ), then took this Beauty for a spin. 
WS, you should be very proud of your work!  You are truly an artist in what you do!

The plaiting is tight, the whip flows well, the knots are super well done!  The handle is really beautiful!

Thank you, very much, to both WS and Mystery Man for the opportunity to own this beautiful whip!!!
https://i.imgur.com/z0U6oJB.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/nC58V6G.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/NRK3xIu.jpg

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