Re: Amateur whipcracker

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Posted by Michaelson from on February 25, 1998 at 13:23:57:

In Reply to: Re: Amateur whipcracker posted by Dan Borton on February 24, 1998 at 21:39:09:

: That was my original intent, too. After admiring the whips for a while, I thought I'd give them a go. After beating myself half to death, I thought, darn it, I'm going to master this this, and finally did. The scars are real impressive after all these years! They just aren't on my chin, like Indy's. They are definately elsewhere, and in spots we probably shouldn't talk about on an open forum, if you follow me. Found your running "conversation" extremely interesting. I'm personally glad to see that they're other "crazies" out there like me learning their "craft". Thanks! Regards. Michaelson

: Michaelson I am glad you joined in on the conversation. I am always interested in hearing comments, new ideas and tricks from other whip crackers. I can understand both your views. I guess my view point is, what good is bullwhip (other than as a conversation piece) if you don't use it as a bullwhip. Just be careful not to abuse it by smacking it into around into buildings or on concrete or other hard or sharp surfaces. As long as your using the whips, fall or cracker to do most of the hitting and cutting it should be fine. I never really considered using pine cones as targets. Mostly because I donít have any large pine trees in my general area. I donít see them being a problem though. I cannot say I would want use them. Mainly because most of the ones I have seen around have sap on them, and my guess is they would probably break apart pretty quickly and make a mess. There are many other items that whip crackers can also use for that trick though. (For example tennis balls work really well)

: Dan

No argument regarding mis-use of a whip, but as you pointed out, non-use is a worse situation. The care of the whip afterwards is the most important thing, and I have found varies from state to state that I've lived in. In Ohio, I found that the light grease coating worked well, since the cold would allow it to continue to flex. When I moved to northern Florida, I found just the opposite. Any kind of light grease attracted bugs, who like to eat leather, especially with such an excellent "salad dressing". I found a leather lotion/conditioner to be the answer in that climate. Now that I'm in Tennessee, the conditioner seems to work well. I use the same on my leather jacket with fine results. I do find myself in the old mindset of "should I practice or not? It I do, I'll have to clean and condition. If I don't, it will gather dust." I find the same problem in target shooting. I'll have to clean guns afterward. If I don't, it hurts the gun. What a grind. The things we do for our hobbies! Regards. Michaelson

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