Whips and Whipmaking

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Whipmaking -- the highest refinement of the art of leather braiding -- is the main emphasis of this book. While the original text focused on the design and construction of whips made in the Western tradition, this revised edition adds two completely new sections. First, it introduces another major category of whips -- those made in the Mongol tradition. Braiding details are shown in an extensive selection of photographs that also serve to document the geographic distribution of the whips; their historic use and ...
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Overview

Whipmaking -- the highest refinement of the art of leather braiding -- is the main emphasis of this book. While the original text focused on the design and construction of whips made in the Western tradition, this revised edition adds two completely new sections. First, it introduces another major category of whips -- those made in the Mongol tradition. Braiding details are shown in an extensive selection of photographs that also serve to document the geographic distribution of the whips; their historic use and characteristics are explained in detailed captions. Second, a new chapter describes the evolution of a whip design that became world-famous through its association with Hollywood. The whips used by Indiana Jones were all made by the author, David W. Morgan. The first movie prompted an immediate revival of interest in whips for performance and sport use, and the enthusiasm has grown with each new film.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870335570
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 624,985
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Preface to the Second Edition xiii
Preface to the First Edition xv
Chapter 1. A Historical Perspective 3
The Western Whip 5
The Mongol Whip 10
Chapter 2. Types and Uses of Whips 16
Horse, Mule, and Bullock Whips 18
Whips for Use with Cattle 27
Circus Whips 29
Showpiece Whips 31
Whips for Corporal and Spiritual Punishment 35
Chapter 3. Development and Distribution of the Mongol Whip 40
Chapter 4. Construction of Whips 54
Construction of Thongs 54
Falls and Crackers 64
Construction of Handles 66
Attachment of Thongs to Handles 72
Manufacture of an Australian Stockwhip 78
Notes on the Whipmaker's Trade in Australia 83
Chapter 5. Dynamics and Design of Whips 89
Dynamics of the Whip Thong 91
Dynamics of the Handle 95
Balance of the Whip 97
Chapter 6. The Whip Used by Indiana Jones: Bullwhip Number 455 99
Show and Sport Whipcracking 99
The 450 Series Bullwhips 103
Construction 106
Durability and Design 110
Chapter 7. Whipcracking 112
Getting Started 112
Fancy Whip Handling 115
Chapter 8. Maintenance and Repair 119
Maintenance of Whips 119
Repair of Whips 128
Chapter 9. Whipmaking for the Amateur 133
Plaiting or Braiding 133
Notes on Whipmaking 162
Appendix A
Whips and Whipmaking 169
Whip Repairing 205
References and Sources 213
Index 215
About the Author 219
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