Re: Amateur whipcracker

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Posted by Michaelson from on February 23, 1998 at 10:52:22:

In Reply to: Re: Amateur whipcracker posted by Dale Dassel on February 21, 1998 at 16:16:46:

: : : : : Yeah, that's the very first site I ever checked out about
: : : : : : whips. I especially liked the part where it said that each whip
: : : : : : will have it's own curve, which is part of the personality of your
: : : : : : whip. And you should always roll-out and swing your whip along it's
: : : : : : natural curve. I make that first priority. I think I will saw a
: : : : : : notch through the middle part of the broom stick to slide the
: : : : : : plates into, and it would save tape, too!!! I have been wanting
: : : : : : to buy that Art of the Bullwhip tape for quite some time. I have
: : : : : : found that I can usually look at a whip move on video a couple
: : : : : : dozen times, then walk outside and duplicate it without much effort.
: : : : : : Just takes a little practice before that learning curve locks in.
: : : : : : I'm sure that if you e-mail David Morgan he will be more than happy
: : : : : : to autograph your book. I mean, the least you could do for someone
: : : : : : who just paid you in excess of $500 is to sign your name in a book,
: : : : : : right? I know I would!!!

: : : : : : -Dale Dassel

: : : : :
: : : : : Dale, That is absolutely right about each whip having its own curve. Each whip will definitely have its own personality regarding how it acts. Depending on the quality of the whips some differences are more noticeable than others. Cutting a notch in the top of the pole to hold your target is a great idea, though it has crossed my mind in the past as well. I use a such a variety of different targets for cutting like the Styrofoam plates, Styrofoam strips, folded strips of newspaper, to balloons and playing cards. By the time I finished making all those different sized cuts I would end up with more sawdust than a pole. I have been messing with the idea if attaching some type of clip like a clothes pin clip to the top of the pole. This way I would have something adjustable to hold objects of different sizes and thickness.

: : : : : Dan

: : : : :
: : : : If you want some real fun, try hitting pine cones thrown into the air by a second person. Take practice, but after a while, you'll know exactly where the end of the whip is, and where the cone and whip will arch. Regards. Michaelson

: : : No offense, but that's a bad idea when it comes to high-quality
: : : $500 bullwhips. Pine cones are rough and sharp, and are as bad as gravel.
: : : It will tear the end of a whip up in no time. If you have one of
: : : those cheap $15 or $20 whips then go for it.

: : : -Dale
: : I understand your point, but I have been doing this about 17 years and haven't scarred my $350 whips (1982 dollars) yet. Anyway, I have always considered my whips as tools, and have used them as such. So far , I am still using the same ones I started out with 16+ years ago, and with proper care and cleaning, expect them to last several more. Regards. Michaelson

: I understand. My whip is used primarily as a collector's item and
: for the art. I don't whip sharp targets, just balloons, styrofoam
: plates, and occasionally do wraps around people's arms and legs.

: -Dale
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

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