The more of these Phoenix Tongues I make, the more I love them. It makes me so happy to think of beautiful whip women with pretty pink whips. (ok, half of them have gone to men and that makes me happy too!)
This one is going to a nice lady named Paulette. I know you have a big whip collection, Paulette. I hope you have so much fun playing with this one.
Do you ever have days that make you pinch yourself just to make sure that you're awake?? It seems like I have had a few of those lately. Yesterday I got an email with this picture, a short video clip and permission to use them in my blog. I was cool for exactly 30 seconds before I let out a squeal that made my Husband come running. It was a good thing too, because I really needed to share.
Anthony De Longis is such a talented guy that he can easily make any whip look good. Here he is playing with a HolyOak Dragon's Tail. .....ok, pinch me again. LOL!
This Dragon's Tail is the 5th that I have sold right here in Moab. I'm very pleased that it is going to a good friend of mine. I've known Chris for about 14 years now and if anyone could use a little stress relief, it is him.
I snapped this picture seconds before his sweetheart came to pick it up.... just for my own records.
Chris I hope you have a blast with this and you're invited to come play whips any time.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a lovely woman who wanted to order a gift for her fiancee. She must love him a lot because she spared no expense. She wanted the best of everything. I was told to make it 8 feet long, 16 plait with a 12 inch handle base. Jennifer gave me a list of 10 colors and said I could use any or all of them I wanted and had complete creative freedom over the design. Also, there was no time crunch, so figure it out and have fun. WoW!! Are you kidding me? I may never get another chance to express myself like this again. I was super excited to do this project. I took a while to think about using all ten colors. I have done some patch work whips with every strand a different color and they do look cool... but the plaiting is lost in the sea of color distraction. I decided that, in this case, less would be more and settled on a 5 color pattern that would be both classy and surprising. As an artist, I am really inspired by what I see around me. The rock that I take the whip pictures by was found in a canyon next to my house and I carved an ammonite on it because fossils are everywhere here and I thought it was a little funny to carve one when you can pick them up off the ground. I was setting on the back porch thinking about whip colors and patterns and watching my flock of ravens fight over a pare of sunglasses that they has stolen from some poor tourist. I suddenly heard the peacocks go off in the the creek bottom and it hit me. A Peacock-Raven whip would be Amazing!! So with out further adieu.... here it is!
I love this whip so much! Not only is is beautiful, it is easy to crack and super loud.
It is really easy when working with paracord to got Crazy with the colors. After all, paracord comes in Every color and combination of colors you can imagine. Its so fun trying out new patterns. As fun as the colors are, nothing beats a classic black whip I was contacted by Laura, who is a a talented performance artist. She needed a whip for a show called Pandora's Circus. Seriously, check them out! I LOVE their teaser video. If I lived closer I would definitely be in the front row. I built them a 5 foot, 12 plait show whip in classic black and I think it is really lovely.
I have a lot of crazy ideas... I mean a lot. I'm interested in learning and trying new things. Some of them work out and some of them don't. When I started to build whips, I'm sure the men in my life thought this was just another faze like knitting or being vegan or getting my herbalist certification. The whips have enchanted me for years and the obsession has only grown now that I know how they are put together. I just want to take a minute and give a shout out to the helpers behind the scenes. My father in law taught me how to use the metal lathe,the drill press and bender. He graciously lets me play in his metal fabricating shop. I love that he shows me and then lets me do it my self instead of doing for me. It is so much easier building whip handle foundations in his shop than it would be at home. My dad just got me a really nice camera to video my test cracks. He got the good one and I feel SO spoiled by his generosity. I'm happy that he wanted to be a part of my new business. I'm supposed to make him a CD.... better practice! My husband has been in this with me from the start and helped me find the materials I needed. He is always supportive of me even if he doesn't "get it". This week though, He has gone above and beyond when it comes to helping and supporting. He made me a paracord dispenser that will allow me to measure out the cords faster and easier with no kinks! He also figured out a way for me to dip my show whip handles instead of spray them. I love that he looked at what I do and gave me ways to make it easier. I'm just overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness. You already have heard a few (hundred) times how much I LOVE Ron Lew and Tom Meadows for helping me figure out the whips, giving me pep talks and testing out my website. I'm surrounded by amazing men and I am so grateful each one. Thank you thank you for listening to me go on and on and ON about whips. I love you guys and I hope I say that enough.
Isn't that to coolest paracord dispenser you ever saw?
These two Phoenix Tongues are going on a crazy journey from Master to Master. One is a gift from me to Ron Lew because He sold his first one to a student who was desperate to learn whips. I love how kind and generous he is. The next one is a gift from Ron Lew and Tom Meadows to their buddy Anthony. (Who I hear is pretty good with a whip as well) I'm sending them both to Tom who has agreed to give them a once over and deliver them for me. These whips are special because they are the first two that have the official handle pattern. It has taken a while to decide but I'm going with simple and elegant. Check it out!
It was so cold out there today that I lost feeling in my nose! Cracking in snow is so much better when it is a bit warmer.
This bullwhip is going to be a Christmas present for a special young man named Joshuah. I have spoken to his mom on the phone a few times and find her absolutely delightful. This whip is 5 foot, 12 plait and built for speed and doing tricks as well as martial arts purposes. It is black, royal blue and silver with reflective flash. I have never worked with the flash paracord before but I love it...... Its really hard on the fingers but worth it. Also a little side note- My parents were super generous and gave me a nice video camera to record my test cracks. This is my first attempt. LOL! I'll get better at it. Hopefully next time it will be warmer than 17 degrees.
When I started making the Tibetan Wave whips I figured that the Dragon's Tail would be popular. My favorite colors are Red and black so I really love the look of this whip. At first I was worried about it because of the name. I understand why Ron and Tom picked the name Dragon's tail.... and they may not know that there is an "adult" kind of whip called the dragon tail. So, I decided to go with it and put my trust in people to know the difference. lol! I had no idea how many I would be building and how many emails I would answer about Dragon's Tails every day. I even dream about creating them. I'm feeling very grateful for the success of the Tibetan Wave whips. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this.
Tom Meadows designed the pattern for the Dragon's Tail whips and he has been supper helpful to me. It is only fitting that he have his own Dragon's Tail. This whip is one of a kind with red knobs, a dragon emblem picked out by Tom and a heavier fall. (I agreed not to change the color of the design on the standard Dragon's Tails but you can have a heavy fall if you want one.) Tom, I have loved getting to know you a bit better. I appreciate all your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you, thank you! I hope you love this whip!
This whips is a birthday present for a cool guy named Peter. He has been teaching martial arts for 20 +years and has a lot of the same interests as I do. It has really been a pleasure getting to know him. I'm so excited to hear what you think about this whip, Peter.
This matched pair of Dragon's Tails are going to Michael in Colorado. I have enjoyed making these two so much. When I took them out for a test crack I really just wanted to play and play with them.... but I was good and put them down. I really hope you have so much fun with these Michael.
"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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