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Making a whip requires patience and attention to detail. Cassaday starts with a metal rod attached to a short spring, then wraps it with strips of leather not much bigger than a shoestring, creating an initial small whip. Eventually, one whip may be layered with three or more whips inside it.
I was like 9 or 10 years old, I learned how to do a four plait and I thought, 'Boy, this is something to be proud of, he said. be 76 on the 23rd of this month and there still more stuff to figure out. Every day that comes up, you learn a little bit more. business specializes in cowboy training aids like whips, quirts and crops. Examples of his work can be found at Heritage Hall Gallery at 400 W. College Ave. in Coleman. His pieces sit in a corner of the room, beside glass artwork and paintings created by area residents.
he said told the man.
guess I crazy but I tell them the man is still alive who made the whip, he said. not invest your money into the real thing than invest in a copy? buffalo or cow hide. At a certain point, material just becomes immaterial.
The leather is what gives the whip its weight in the thong. Swinging it around will allow the kinetic motion to build, magnifying as it travels down the end of the line to the popper. But not everyone relies solely upon leather.
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But when it comes to those Indiana Jones whips, he doesn like stepping on somebody else toes.
Cassaday chuckled. He made whips out of kangaroo hide, too, though he stopped because the price of the leather has more than doubled.
The of the whip looks like a ball on the end of the handle. From there, the comes off the handle, slimming down as it ends at the where the string like makes the cracking noise, which is actually the popper breaking the sound barrier.
he runs from a workshop in his rural home.
It makes sense that his work is used in the cattle industry. Cassaday still owns the small herd his grandfather began in 1917 after he traded interest in an oil well for a handful of heifers. But you can always make a profit off cowboys.
all in the maker rather than what it made out of, he said.
had a dungeon and all the little sex deals you could imagine, floggers and things like that, Cassaday said.
Others, like feed lots or ranches, actually use the whips. Cassaday said that generally whips are not used to strike an animal, rather it the crack that prompts them to move along.
Feeling a little itchy, he rubbed the back of his neck with a hand, his other resting on the work table over a set of braids.
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'betcha, said Benton Cassaday. day you quit because you haven figured something out, then it all over with. owns House of Rawhide, a small leatherworking business Omega Seamaster Gold Plated
The most famous whip, that made popular by the Indiana Jones movies, is actually a 12 braid bullwhip crafted by David Morgan out of kangaroo hide.
been a big revelation for everybody in the whip business. There have been worlds of people who call and say 'I want you to make me an Indiana Jones whip, he said.
not going to make any guarantee about what I going to do with it, came the reply. just like for you to make it. bit sheepish, Cassaday shrugged his shoulders and chuckled. guess I just a hypocrite all the way 'round, he said. made several pieces for him.
guess I kind of silly, but I said a long time ago, if I can make a real good product out of what we raise and breed in Texas, I see no reason to, he said.
say they the salt of the earth and everything, Cassaday said, chuckling. with some of them, that all they have is a little bit of salt. They don have any money. like any business, it pays to diversify. Cassaday said some of Omega Speedmaster Black Leather
know, they whip one another, he said. found out a long time ago, you never dare ask anybody what they want to use it for, just because for fear they tell you. laughed as he recalled a customer who flew down from Chicago, rented a car in Dallas, and spent the day and most of the night nearby.
the bigger money in whips comes from those with nontraditional, uh, predilections.
young ones that are coming on, they brag that it leaded, they put lead in here and go all the way down, he said. when you put weight in there that jerks it around. explained that the resulting stress can tear up the transition between the handle and the thong. It better just to have more strings in it.
more strings you put into it, the more speed you going to gain out of it, he said. faster you can make the whip travel, the louder pop you going to get. or not, Cassaday admits that many of his customers buy a whip to hang over a fireplace or on display somewhere else. He produced a letter from former President George W. Bush thanking him for a 32 braid whip he made a few years earlier.
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