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  • Birthday 12/23/1957

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    whip making and leather plaited horse tack

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  1. Hi all Johanna asked me to post this link so here ya go. It's my whip information page. It doesn't teach how to make whips it just gives a lot of information about whips. - The Whip Information Page The ultimate whip fun site. Features free bullwhip cracking videos and a wealth of whip information and resources, How-to's and more!. All the best Victor
  2. Hi All long time no see

    Thank you all for your very kind words. I am starting to work on some different things than I normally do so I will keep you posted as I finish something new. All the best Victor
  3. Hi All long time no see

    Hi All It's been quite a while since I've been here. I've been so busy I have not had to time to much of anything except make whips. However Sometimes I can't sleep so what do I do? I geek out and braid leather. ;-) You would think after braiding leather all day long I would be over it when I got home. But then I get an idea in my head and it starts to bug me so much I have to stay up late into the night and do it. This is a pic of a California Quirt, the latest obsessive idea I just had to do. On the up side It allows me to be more creative than I normally am when I am making stock items. All the best Victor
  4. how to calculate lacing amount for braids

    Rawhide1 is correct 1 1/2 half the desired length will cover it but in my experience only to the end it doesn't leave enough for you to grab on to when you get to the end of the piece you are braiding over. So on short pieces I usually go with double the desired length. On longer pieces like a 10 ft. whip I go 1/1/2 the length and then add another foot so I have something to grab when I get to the end of the whip. So a 10 ft. whip need laces that are 16 ft. long. Hope this helps All the best Victor
  5. Braided Headstall

    Thanks for the kind words guys I cut and skive all my laces by hand. The leather is 100% Kangaroo. All the best Victor
  6. Special custom whip

    Thanks for the kind words guys Whipit - I created the handle design using Photoshop. It took about 30 hrs to braid because it was a design that I had never done before so I was not familiar with how it should look as i wen through the stages. Very tedious. All the best Victor
  7. Another Whip

    Thanks for all the kind words guys. A tutorial would end up being as long as a book. This was a very elaborate process. Especially forming the shape of the handle. The time involved is tedious at best. The grip alone took about 12 hrs of nonstop work just to braid it. All the best Victor
  8. Braided Headstall

    Yup the back ground was Photoshoped.
  9. New Custom Whip I Just Finished

    Hi All I just finished this whip and I thought I would share it with ya'll. I am not so crazy about the color combination but thats what the customer wanted so who am I to argue, ;-) It's a 6ft. bullwhip with a 12 plait body and the laces where split to make a 24 plait handle. The handle design was made on Photoshop and is a never been done before original. All the best Victor
  10. Closed Reins And Romal

    That Mylar is not going to hold up to well if this item is actually used on a horse. I've used it on some whips and it looks really cool but if it rubs on anything like the bit or headstall it is going to come apart real fast. All the best Victor
  11. cutter/bevler

    Yup I cut everything by hand and I skive/bevel everything by hand. I probably cut about 3,000 ft. a week or more. Unfortunately I can't just cut my laces in one long lace and then cut them to length. I have to cut each lace individually as they are tapered. all the best Victor
  12. Hi Again Here is some pictures of a heastal I did a couple of years ago. I don't normally do this kind of work cause I am typically too busy filling orders so this was fun to do. All the best Victor
  13. Another Whip

    Hiya again This is an old school handle for a stock whip. The body is 16 plait and the handle is 32. The laces on the handle are different from the laces on the body. Three different kinds of knots pineapple, spanish ring and long turks head. Unfortunately it was not made using any of the techniques described in the "Covering handles for crops" post. I wish it was that simple. all the best Victor
  14. cutter/bevler

    Nice if you do only straight laces. Unfortunately as a whip maker I need tapered laces so I have to cut them and bevel them by hand. BTW does that cutter allow you to cut lace directly from the hide? All the best Victor
  15. Special custom whip

    Hi all Just a pic of a whip I made as a donation for the whip enthusiast get together in Dallas. The thong (that's the flexible part of the whip) has 16 laces. The handle has 32. Interesting thing is that they are the same lacea. I split them lengthwise to make the handle. The design is a one off original that I made using photoshop. It's never been done before. All the best Victor