How DD Whips Got Started

DD’s Big Hoss Whips and Braided Leather Items began as a whip making entity and eventually evolved to include braided blackjacks and knives.  I became interested in whips in 2008, got online and thought I could pick up a whip for $70-$80.  Well, I found out I was wrong.  You could pick up a whip for that amount of money but that was not a real whip, it was just something that vaguely resembled one.  Good luck in getting that baby to crack.

To get a quality whip, I found out you would have to spend $800 – $900.  Not willing to invest that type of money, I thought perhaps I could make one for less.  The only way this was possible was to make it out of cowhide instead of kangaroo.  So, I began educating myself on whip making because I knew nothing about it.

Since 2008 I have been perfecting my skills and am at a point now where I believe I make a good quality whip. I know there are many people in the same situation as I was and don’t want to pay the amount of money some whip makers are asking.  I think paying $300 for a good quality whip is affordable. Although I do make kangaroo hide whips as well, the cowhide whips are made for those people who want a quality whip but do not want to pay the higher price.

Whips can be made out of any kind of leather, so if you have a preference, I would be more than happy to do it. Unless you are an expert at leather, you would have a hard time telling the difference between a cowhide whip and a kangaroo. I know this because whenever I take my whips to shows and display them, customer after customer ask me, “Is this cowhide or kangaroo?”  Even holding the whip in their hands, not being an expert, they cannot tell the difference.

Although my whips are fully functional cracking whips, many of the designs I have made were bought solely for the purpose of display.  They are considered works of art, as one customer told me. Be sure to check out all my whip galleries under Product Galleries in the menu at the top of the page.

Some years later I was introduced to blackjacks when I was contacted by a customer who wanted me to rebraid a core of a Bucheimer 894. Although I had made braided batons, I had never made a blackjack or rebraided one for that matter.  He mailed me the core as well as another Bucheimer blackjack in fairly good condition that he wanted duplicated in kangaroo.

After these first blackjacks, I began making black cowhide 894’s. Then, as these sold, I made one in brown. It sold as well. Then I tried other colors, other models, then two or more colors, and even kangaroo leather. All had immediate interest.

Finally, the natural progression was to have fancy braiding, rings and anything else I could think of. Customers also began contacting me with their own ideas and I began making custom pieces according to their specifications. To see some of the pieces I’ve made check out my Carnie Gallery and Blackjack Gallery

 

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One Response to How DD Whips Got Started

  1. Darrell says:

    Dan I love your story!!!! I am so proud of you by being honest to the public. See that’s why you are so busy! You are so important to the lost art of whip making. You don’t realize your importance to this art. I do, I have checked out others in the business and nothing compares to your love of the art.
    What can I say. Words can not describe the compassion for the art and craft you are saving. I hope people realize what you have and are doing to save the past for us all. Yes I know we don’t use whips like we used to. So what! We can still dream about our ancestors driving our cattle across the states from the east to the west. People need to remember where we came from and how we got here. Not texting each other across the table to pass the bread.
    Darrell from Lake Havasu City, AZ

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