If you plan on making more than one whip – you need to skip to the book section & buy Ron Edwards whip making book. If you want a good looking whip, you should also go and buy Ron Edwards book. Can’t say enough about it. I did the first year & a half the hard way. I wasted a year easily. Here’s the other sources I used for learning whips.
Online step by step tutorials
- SAI Peregrinus‘s “Making a Paracord Whip” – great detailed look at the braiding process for nylon whips. Some of which transfers to leather. Free.
- ch5‘s “Paracord Bullwhip“
- Louie Foxx’s “Bullwhip Making for the beginner” in e-book.
- Bernie26 aka Bernie Wojcicki of EM Whips – Link – Bernie does excellent if long videos on the complete process of making kangaroo hide whips.
- Nick’s Whips – Link – He does both nylon & leather whips.
- Ron Edwards – How to make whips 2nd Edition – this is probably the best single source for making a whip. If you only get one book, this is it. Even the legend David Morgan (Indiana Jones original whip maker) sells this book. Both in his breadth, covering all the styles he knows of & details down to how to tie knots or do decorative handle words.
- David Morgan – Braiding Fine Leather; Techniques of the Australian Whipmakers – This book is a great supplement & in detail look at more styles of braiding.
- Leatherworker.net – One of the biggest resources, though tough to navigate at first
- Leatherworker.net Braiding – the forum home of braiding … so many answers here
- John of LBBYJ – 6 part braid instructions
- David Morgan – Talking on bull whips
- Paracord braiding – Useful for whip making with leather
- Animated knots by Grog – Breaks down tons of knots, the decorative section has a great turks head knot to learn before you move on to the leather version