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New hobby

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:44 pm
by galileo
While waiting for the inevitable gloom to clear I decided to embark on a new hobby that wasn't weather effected...……………….. whip making. More precisely Bullwhips (like Indiana Jones uses), there are several styles used for different purposes.

Whip making is a combination of craft, precision and patience to make one, there are lots of considerations in the construction to achieve the characteristics needed to make a whip easy to crack. Then it's a skill to crack it in many different ways and combinations.

I was initially impressed by this guy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTIIZYE7XwE&t=171s he makes it look so easy, believe me it's not, you need to wear a hat and glasses when learning or you will cut yourself easily or take an eye out.

Here's my third effort after my initial 2 tries that failed in one way or another.
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Of course the most amazing thing about whip cracking is the crack itself, it travels more than the speed of sound at 767 mph and what you are hearing is a sonic boom, how cool is that :shock:

There are many tutorials on YouTube, if anyone is interested I'll point you to the best ones :thumbsup:

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:51 pm
by Brutie
Hi Galileo

Crikey looks like a snake ! Sssssssssssss.

Looks like it could be a very relaxing hobby.

Let's hope the cloud gives us all a break soon.

Hope you are keeping well !

Regards

Brutie

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:02 pm
by galileo
thanks Brutie, yes it's super relaxing. you can get strain in your hands and arms etc though.

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:17 am
by Dion
As soon as he started doing the twists etc in that cowboy outfit I knew I'd seen him before, he's done a fishing video!

https://i.imgur.com/ZPhkXKN.mp4

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:51 am
by thymelord
Hi David,looks like you have "cracked it" with that third effort you are right you need other hobbies apart from astronomy it's so unreliable, I dabble at making walking sticks it' good exercise walking through the woods to get your materials.

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:17 am
by galileo
that's interesting Eric, do you carve them ?

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:23 pm
by bengourben
That's a novel hobby, David. Very interesting.
As a kid, in the late 70's, my dad worked in Saudi Arabia. I remember seeing whips for sale in the Suoq. Cat o nine tails and all!
I'd say it's a tricky procedure.

Jason

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:06 pm
by galileo
thanks Jason, you don't very often see them in this country, much more common in the States or Austalia.

Have a skip through this lengthy tutorial showing you how to make one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzVDzjOAtHg&t=7478s
This guy is really good at explaining stuff

Re: New hobby

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:31 am
by thymelord
David said
that's interesting Eric, do you carve them ?
I am not an expert carver David I take sticks with part the root you can get some interesting shaped handles,I obtained some solid brass "Hames" from the US (they are the brass ends on shire horses collars) they make lovely defensive weapons should you fall foul of the natives. ;)