Making something with your own hands can be both fulfilling & enjoyable. People of all ages are constantly searching for new hobbies or activities to do in their spare time. With school, work & family obligations, sometimes what’s needed is to clear the mind of worries & stresses, step aside from those everyday responsibilities. Building something with your hands can be a great stress-reliever, as well as a way to keep your mind alert & life interesting. Learning how to make a nylon bullwhip or snakewhip can be an excellent way to accomplish this.
As the popularity of nylon whips continues to grow, more & more “whipmakers” are popping up all around the world. Many have produced their own tutorials on whipmaking. A few of these tutorials are excellent, some are good, and most are lacking in quality. For someone who’s never built their own whip, whether leather or nylon, it’s difficult to know just where to start. It makes sense to follow a tutorial by a well-established whipmaker. So, which one do you choose? Here are a few points to consider if you’re thinking about making your own bullwhip or snakewhip.
- Seek instruction from an experienced whipmaker. It stands to reason that someone who’s been building whips consistently for five years will generally be more knowledgeable than one who’s been building whips for one year. This isn’t always the case, as there are exceptions to this statement. The individual talents that each of us possess varies. One person’s ability in whipmaking will advance more quickly than another, as is the case with many things in life. Yet one who’s been around longer, who’s built more whips, read more on the subject, as well as spoken with more seasoned whipmakers, will no doubt be in a better position to tell you what’s what.
- Read reviews of a whipmaker’s work. Before purchasing, or even following a free tutorial from a whipmaker, read reviews of the whips they’ve built, both past & present. Talk with others who’ve dealt with that particular whipmaker. Forums are a great way to connect with other whip enthusiasts. Evaluate the customer service of any whipmaker whose instructions you plan to follow. If you purchase a tutorial from someone, find out first whether or not that person can be contacted if you happen to have any trouble following the instructions.
- Always be polite when approaching whipmakers. I receive questions almost daily from people all over the world dealing with whipmaking. With many of them, I’ve built a trust & friendly relationship. There are others who approach me with a less than cordial manner, almost demanding, or expecting, that I’ll give them whatever knowledge they need. These people don’t generally receive a response from me.
- Keep your expectations realistic. Don’t expect that you’ll be a natural at whipmaking, or believe that your first whip will be the best you can build. Whipmaking is a constant learning process, one that takes years to refine. A famous whipmaker has been known to say that it can take someone 600 whips they’ve made before they’re ready to start selling them. This may be an exaggeration, but you must realize that it can take years to learn the subtle intricacies in making whips.
There’s so much more to discuss on this subject, and this article by no means covers all that can be said. Although the exact sources of where to go for whipmaking instruction aren’t given here, hopefully, this has given you some helpful suggestions in determining where to look for information on learning to make your own whip.