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.