Even high quality whips will over time require basic maintenance such as Cracker (popper) and Fall replacement or in the event of accidents a strand or two may be broken. This page is designed to assist you to repair your whip in the easiest possible way while using sound and recognised methods.
Please note that this page is under construction and some of the images are temporary so please be patient. Feel welcome to offer suggestions if you want to see how to fix something in particular.
Crackers or Poppers as they are sometimes known will require regular replacement and while some people uses a slit in the Fall to attach the cracker, I always recommend using the knot method as it is much safer and less likely come off. Simply place end of Fall through the eye of the loop in the cracker, take end of Fall under and back through between Fall and cracker then pull cracker down tight. It may be necessary to lightly moisten fall with neatsfoot oil before attempting this.
Falls are designed to take much of the knocking around that can happen when using a whip and to protect the plaited section from this damage. As such, the fall is a very important part of any whip and only high quality Redhide / Latigo or Cowhide should be considered (I have hides specially tanned just for the falls), as weak leather will be continually breaking and cracking causing you no end of frustration. It is truly amazing to see well made whips with absolute rubbish leather chucked on the end for a fall, for what ?, to save a lousy $20 bucks, crazy! (oh well, I feel better now). The best part of a hide to cut a fall from is along the back bone near the tail and if your hide doesn't look strong or has a furry back, I suggest you buy a high quality fall from your local leather shop. The dimensions for a good fall are 28" (700mm) and tapered for its length from 1/4" (6mm) to 1/8" (3mm) and should be almost square along its length, you can round it off by rolling under a board if you wish, at the widest end cut a small slit in the middle (length ways) and 1/4" (6mm) from the top, long enough to pass the end of your whip through. To attach fall to whip, push the whip end through the slit in the fall to about 4"(100mm), the knots used are quite simple but may require practice to get a neat appearance. With the fall and end of your whip touching each other, (it's best to tie the knotts at a thin part of the Fall) take a strand from the end of your whip and loop it behind the fall and pass it back to the front and through the loop, pull tight (towards end of fall), grab another strand and repeat, making sure you loop over the left over strand from previous knot, do this for all strands and on the last completed knot, take strand and pass back through slit in fall. To make sure it is tight we now pull the fall down to fit tightly against the first knot, trim off excess from strands.
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Further information is available by contacting : E-mail to Matt Welsby
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