Andrew is a really nice guy that I am getting to know. He is such a talented glass artist. Check out some of his creations here. He had the idea to make his own marble for his whip. He actually sent me a few to choose from. I have to tell you that the pictures do not do his work justice. I was blown away by the 3D magic that he created. This whip is 7 foot, 18 plait, 12 inch handle and 4 colors. It was inspired by a picture that Andrew sent me of a beautiful black snake with a red tail. This whole project makes me happy!
I was contacted about building a gift/tribute whip for Alex's mom. The story I was told really touched me on a few different levels. I was so inspired that I decided this was going to be a really special whip for a really special lady. We talked about doing the colors deep purple and lilac. Those are really special to me because they happen to be the colors I had at my wedding. I searched and found a place that would sell me the lilac color, but it had to be made for the whip. It was beautiful when it arrived, but I loved it even more after the wax. I wanted a really special stone for this whip. I was thinking amethyst and I don't normally carry that because the price is so much higher but this is a special whip! I also picked up a charoite just on a whim. The charoite turned out to be a perfect fit for the whip. so I had the amethyst turned into a pendant and sent it along with the whip. Everything about this whip makes me so happy!
Here we have a matched set of 4 foot show whips in opposite deep purple and black color pattern. I really Love how fast the short show whips are. Also, a beautiful Sacred Flight, the newest member of the Tibetan Wave line.
Here we have another Bodlak whip. This one is going to be a training whip for students at Bayside Martial arts studio. Randal ordered a black whip... but I remembered that his colors are black red and white. So, I took some creative liberties and gave it a tiny red accent and a white selenite in the heel knob. Randal, I think you will like this one even more than the last because the black paracord is really thick military grade. It should stay a bit more ridged than your white and black one.
I spend quite a bit of time emailing with new clients. It is rare that someone knows exactly what they want and states it really clearly in the first email. (I do appreciate when that happens though) It is really common for people to want to know more about the plait count and which one they should pick. Lets start from the top. First, the plait count is the number of strands in the over lay. So, a 12 plait has 12 strands, 6 on one side and 6 on the other. In leather whips the strands are cut smaller for the higher plaits and larger for the lower plaits. Often times it is explained that the smaller strands of the higher plaits are like smaller links in a chain. Therefore, the whip would be more fluid. This is only true for leather whips not synthetic whips because all the strands are the same width no matter what the plait count. So, what does the higher count really do for a nylon whip?? Two things. First, it affects the diameter of the whips. The higher the count the bigger around the whip will be and smaller the count the slimmer it will be. There are many reasons that a person would want either. Second, it affects the weight. Because my whips are waxed, the higher plait counts will be heavier because there is more material to soak up the wax. Bottom line- If you want a lighter faster whip go for the 12 plait. If you want a bigger louder whip, go for the 16 or 20 plait. I also offer a 14 plait that happens to be my favorite because it is a happy medium.
A while ago I made Robby a show whip and he took it to a seminar in Switzerland. While he was there he had a buddy of his talk him out of it. So, now he needed a replacement. This one is just like the last one except it is a 6 footer instead of a 5 footer. I haven't decided which length I like best, but I am leaning heavily towards the 5 footer for faster routines and the 6 footer for targeting.
"One small crack does not mean that you are broken, It means you were put to the test and didn't fall apart."
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