How to replace the bullwhip_fall on your bullwhip or snakewhip.
Bullwhips were traditionally made for work. They were dragged through the mud and dirt and who knows what else. Since they were used primarily from horseback, the part of the bullwhip that saw the most wear was the last couple of feet. Seeing how bullwhips are braided, and braiding takes time, it was only logical for early bullwhip crackers to come up with a way to protect the braided portion of the whip without losing any length or flexibility. Length is an important thing when you are trying to scare bulls by cracking a whip inches from their face. The longer the bullwhip the safer the cowboy. This becomes even more important when you add in the fact that being on horseback tends to shorten the usable length of the whip. But I digress. Like most good ideas, the solution to the problem was quite simple. Why not add a piece of easily replaceable, non-braided leather to the working end of the whip. This piece of leather is called the bullwhip_fall. The origins of the name may have something to do with the fact that, this was the part of the whip that would bullwhip_fall on the ground. But that's a subject for another article. To make a long story short or even longer depending on how you look at it, the bullwhip_fall is made to wear out either by dragging it on the ground or when the bullwhip popper breaks off and goes flying into the ether, either way you are going to have to change it at some point. What is more important from a pragmatic point of view is how the heck do you change that darn thing when it does wear out? That's where I come in. In this article I will show you how to change the bullwhip_fall on your bullwhip or snakewhip. Don't worry it's quite simple.
Now that you have a new fall on your bullwhip.
You probably want to know how
to make a new bullwhip popper to go on it.
© 2006 Victor Tella