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Gottlieb
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:28 pm    Post subject: Historical Whip usage Reply with quote

From time in personal accounts one reads about whips. Usually (pretty much always) this is in connection with driving wagons and dealing with oxen, horses or mules. Anyway, I wondered if anyone had ideas and/or experience using or making whips.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used stock whips of various types (Australian, black snake, etc.) and they wrok very well - for whip making I HIGHLY recommend the books on the subject by David Morgan, premier whip maker (he did the whips for Indiana Jones and others and are the only ones I've ever owned)

http://www.davidmorgan.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=whip+making&x=0&y=0
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I've been looking at some of his instructions
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whips were used by sled dog drivers from early 18th century into the modern era, though they are seen less frequently today. Early on they had longer than usual stocks with relatively short falls. Into the 19th century the stock was shortened as they were used more frequently to signal the dogs rather than beat them into submission.

The "signal whip" of the 20th century had very little handle, was only about 4' long (shorter than the sled) and was strictly a noise-maker.

There is a story told of a well-known long distance musher who borrowed a team to race in a short-distance sprint race. As he we preparing for the race, the owner handed him a signal whip, telling him the team was "whip trained", and sent him on his way.

As he approached the 'home stretch' the musher wanted more speed, so cracked the whip. His entire team dropped to the ground, bringing everything to a screeching halt. The dogs were trained to drop at the sound of the whip, in order to stop dogfights. Since many sled dogs are noise phobic, it's pretty easy to train them to disengage at the sound of a sharp report.

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