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Posted by Max Schulte from on April 17, 1998 at 22:45:42:

In Reply to: BULLWHIP ORDERING posted by Dale Dassel on April 17, 1998 at 15:05:06:

: Well, first off, there are a few things you may need to know.
: The length of the whip is very important, depending on what you're
: going to use it for. David's whips come in four different lengths:
: 6 foot, 8 foot, 10 foot, and 12 foot. Now, the shorter the whip
: is, the more accurate it will be for hitting specific targets and the
: faster you can maneuver it around, but it will be slightly harder to
: produce a nice crack. The longer whips, 10 to 12 foot, are far less
: accurate, but do excellent wraps around things, and they crack with
: very little effort. If you want something midway between the two, I
: would suggest going with the 8 foot model. The 10 is good, too, but
: if you want to hit specific targets, then you'll have to work at it.
: I will leave that choice up to you.
: Now, as for practice, what I did was to study the whip sequences
: in the movies, as well as those on the Making of Raiders video. I
: watched these over and over, dozens of times, until I understood the
: method of the swings and cracks. I also, at one time, had a making of
: Batman Returns video, which had Anthony DeLongis teaching Michelle
: Pfeiffer the bullwhip. This came in handy, too. If you don't have access
: to these, then don't worry. David Morgan sells some excellent whip
: instructional and art displays VHS videos. These will put you on the
: right track. The Whips and Whip Making book is mainly geared toward
: bullwhip construction, with about one chapter dedicated to telling
: what the whips can do, performance-wise.
: Lastly, your whip will take anywhere from a month and a half
: to two months to make and receive. When you get it, it will be a very
: light pinkish brown color, called natural tan. To darken it, as it
: appears in the movies, you should expose it to natural sunlight for
: a few hours a day. Mine has turned into a nice, dark brown color.
: I just lay it out on a small wooden table. And remember, normal use
: requires very little wrist force. In other words, don't try to "jack"
: it around really hard, or else you might break the interior construction,
: damage the handle-to-thong junction, or stretch the lash. Don't be
: alarmed if the tip of the knot on the fall breaks off when first used.
: David Morgan uses what I like to call "cosmetic" knots on the tip of
: his whips, which is just a small, dainty knot to make the whip look
: sleeker and more tapered. Mine broke off, so I hunted around until I
: found the nylon cracker, and I used the instructions on his website to
: re-attatch it, with a slightly bigger knot, which holds just great,
: and does not inhibit cracking in any way. Your whip will be new from
: the factory, and thus pretty stiff. So, you can go outside and do
: some breaking-in swings in order to loosen it up. After a little use,
: your whip will have a nice, smooth wiggle all the way down. This is
: the sign of a healthy whip. If you need anymore information, just
: let me know.

: -Dale Dassel

Thanks Dale, you helped me a lot. I think I'll order the whip next
week (Maybe 10ft. version) complete with one of the whipcracking
videos you mentioned. By the way, it's a good idea exposing the whip
to the sun in order to darken it. Hope I keep that in mind

I'll probably have some more questions when I get it and start

Anyway - thanks again,


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