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July 21, 2009

Thank you for visiting The Whip Blog, created by Paul Nolan & Lauren Wickline,  your trusted whipmakers and fellow whipcrackers from MidWestWhips.  Our goal is to help you gather information and learn more about about whips during your whipcracking journey, whether you are at the very beginning of researching whips or you are already well on your way down the path of learning to love the sport of whipcracking.  To read more about us and why we created this blog and to find out how you can help us make this blog even better, check out the About Us page.  You may also be able find what you’re looking for by using our handy “search” box near the upper right of your screen.   Or, to start browsing our ever-growing collection of links and articles, please choose from the list of categories over on the right side of your screen.ArrowCategories

Also in typical blog style, all new posts regardless of which category they may fall into, will be posted chronologically with the most recent posts first on this page below these welcome paragraphs.

Once again, thank you for visiting The Whip Blog.  If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment and ask.  This blog is still quite new, and we are actively looking for suggestions for new articles and topics that would be of interest to the ever-growing community of whipcrackers, whip collectors, and whip enthusiasts.  We promise to do our best to update and add articles as often as our whipmaking responsibilities allow us to.

Thank You,

Paul Nolan & Lauren Wickline

www.MidWestWhips.com

PS: We respectfully ask that you please link back here to this blog if you use our information or pictures, so that we can all continue sharing information and our love of whips freely with each other.

Tutorial: How to change your fall the easy way

April 20, 2012

This tutorial video shows the “easy method” of changing a fall on any standard Australian style fall hitch which is the most common method used today in both Australia as well as the United States. If you aren’t certain that your whip has this style of hitch, feel free to email us a picture of your fall hitch to whipmaker@midwestwhips.com and we will be happy to let you know.

MidWestWhips on the Science Channel show “How It’s Made”

May 23, 2011

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We just wanted to let everyone know that this coming Friday, May 27th at 9pm Eastern Time, MidWestWhips will be featured on a segment of the Science Channel’s show “How It’s Made.”

It appears as though our segment will likely be in the first portion of the show, followed by automated pizza makers, incense cones, and scale turbine engines. :)

You can see some photos that John Leonetti generously shot during the filming both on our MidWestWhips Facebook page Photo Gallery and on John’s site: The Whip Cracking Galleries.

Also, here are photos of some of the whips that you’ll see during the segment:

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Be sure to check your local listings.

Happy Cracking!

Tutorial: How to Tie a Fall Hitch (6 Plait Point)

January 6, 2011

Here is an excellent video showing how to tie a fall hitch by Joseph Strain of www.NorthernWhipCo.com

There are many different ways to tie on a fall, and many different styles of hitches.  The above video shows one of the most commonly used fall hitch styles, and it is the type of hitch used on standard Indiana Jones style bullwhips.

For a video on how to make your own fall, check out the post “Tutorial: How to Make a Leather Fall”

Queen Mary Indy Gear Summit 2010

November 24, 2010

Just this past weekend we attended the 9th Annual Indy Gear Summit onboard the Queen Mary, and we thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures we took while we were there.  The Indy Gear Summit is basically a gathering of fans of the Indiana Jones movies and members of the Indy Gear forum called Club Obi Wan.  Click here to see our blog post about Indy Gear’s forum, and for a link to visit there yourself if you’d like.  Also if you register on the forum (it’s free), you’ll be able to click on the “scrapbooking” section to see a topic that includes a bunch more pictures taken by other photographers from the summit.

Hunting Whip Repair

September 16, 2010
Hunt Whip Repair

(click the photo for a larger view)

Several times per year, we receive hunt whips that are in need of repair.  Traditionally, hunt whips often have a braided loop at the end of their thongs to which the popper is tied directly.  In recent years though, and in the majority of the repairs we do on these hunt whips, we are able to modernize the point of the whip with a fall hitch and leather fall before the cracker/popper.  The last 1/3 of your hunting whip is the section of the whip that has to bear the most abuse while cracking and riding, so having a fall hitch with an easily replaceable fall and popper will help to extend the overall life of your thong.

The hunt whip repair pictured above (click on the photo for a larger view) came to us as you see it on the left – very dry, brittle, missing an attachment point for a popper, and unusable as a practical whip.  We spent some time to re-condition the full whip, restore as much of the moisture as we could to the cracking leather, and then give the whip a replaceable whitehide leather fall.  Hopefully this whip has been given many more years of life now, but the dry rotting of the leather over time has weakened the thong overall.

All owners of any type of leather whips (including hunt whips!) need to be aware that whips need to be taken care of with a whip-appropriate leather conditioner on a regular basis.  If you would like to read more about how to condition your whips, see Leather Dressing/Conditioner: How Much & How Often? and Conditioning Your Whip: Which Leather Dressing?.  The conditioner we use on our whips is Pecards Leather Dressing, available in a variety of sizes on our Whip Accessories page.

If you have a hunt whip that is in need of repair and/or reconditioning, feel free to contact us at whipmaker@midwestwhips.com.

Visitors in Year One

August 7, 2010

We haven’t had the opportunity to make many posts so far this summer (sorry!), but we didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate The Whip Blog’s One Year Anniversary.  The little world map widget on the right side of the blog (not the photo above) has been tracking the countries that visitors arrive here from since August 15, 2009, and when August 15, 2010 arrives, it will reset to a blank map to begin a new year.

It is exciting to see how many people from all over the world are interested in whips and whipcracking, and have stumbled upon The Whip Blog.  The internet has been a powerful tool to help people learn more about whips, whipcracking, whipmaking, and also an avenue to help whip enthusiasts find each other and be able to meet and crack whips together in person.

The red and gray map pictured above shows the countries that The Whip Blog’s visitors have come from between August 15, 2009 and 2010.  There are 58 visitors’ countries, shown in red – that’s over a quarter of all of the countries that exist in the world!  Top visiting countries (in quantity of visits) include the United States, Poland, United Kingdom, Canada, Peru, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and the Netherlands.  You can click on the red and gray map above for a larger picture with better detail showing all 58 of the countries.

So, we really just want to thank everyone who has visited The Whip Blog, everyone who has given us suggestions for whip-related blog posts (keep it up!), everyone who has shared his or her whip-related experiences with us, and most especially all of you who are doing what you can, in your own way, to share your enjoyment and knowledge of whips with others.

Thank you!

How to Crack: The Arrowhead

April 2, 2010

We’ve had this whipcracking tutorial for the Arrowhead routine up on Youtube for a few weeks now, but we thought it might be helpful to post it here on The Whip Blog as well.

The Arrowhead isn’t a beginner’s routine.  Before attempting it, you’ll want to first be able to proficiently and cleanly perform the cattleman’s crack, fast and slow figure eights, and the volley.  Also, we always suggest wearing at least eye protection while whipcracking (safety glasses, wraparound sunglasses, etc.), but that eye protection is doubly important when learning a routine like the Arrowhead which requires fast cracking and a plane change in front of your face.  So please, be safe.

Good luck and have fun!