Whip got here today. It is even better than I imagined. I love it!
I just went to the store to pick it up. It didn't arrive on Friday to my dismay...so I had them call me if it arrived today...which it did...
Absolutely wonderful piece. Better even than the photos. The girls at the store wew impreseed. I told them it was for herding cats...somehow, I doubt they believe me...
Anyway, I am in awe of how tightly you plaited it...Incredible. Beautiful work. Needless to say, I took it out for a test drive as soon as I got home, and I wasn't disappointed. Cracks like a pistol right out of the box...this bodes very well indeed. My whip skills are mediocre at best, so any video you care to send me would be appreciated. In conclusion, can not say thank you enough... The whip is outstanding, period. You are welcome to use this piece on your website or any other place you wish...Now, where are those damn cats?
The new build sounds great. Should be a really cool whip. I got the set and they are FREAKING AWESOME!! Light as feathers and crack like a .22 pistol. You have done a fabulous job my friend. I will be proud to display these!!
Again, thank you for such a great whip. Love it, love it, love it.
All the best,
It took me awhile to get this whip in because I was on vacation until today. I took it out and it is marvelous. Thanks so much for all your work and I can't wait for those pointers to get me going. Thanks,
I picked up the whips today. They were stuck at customs for a few days.
Anyway, I'm speechless. These whips are stunning to look at, I love everything about them. The heelknots are perfect size, they fit snug into my hands for a good firm grip. I had a quick play earlier and it's such a pleasure to crack them, very easy to crack with no effort. They're very light. I'll have a good play with them when the wind calms down, it's been a bit stormy. I'll also post some photos up of the whips soon and some video.
They're slimmer than I had expected, very slick looking whips. Nicky might be getting in touch with you about a pair as well now. She's been wanting to get a pair so I'll let her give mine a go....a bit like try before you buy.=)
Oh yeah baby! They fly like a dream and crack beautifully. Had to sneak out to the park and give them a try. Thanks again Tyler for a stunning piece of work and super fast delivery. US to UK in 48 hours. I'll be promoting your crafstmanship at Play Festival next week so hopefully it'll drum up some more business for you. Am grinning like a kid is a sweet store :) :) :)
All I can say is WOW! I was worried about the handleknot/ferrule placement, but that is not an issue at all! THe whip is LIGHT and AGILE!
Man, you did a great job in my opinion! The plaiting is tight, the whip flows easily, and I was more than able to pull it from the box and perform a fast figure 8(on a side plane and a front plane)....This may not impress you, but I don't do multiple cracks and have never completed one sucessfully until today.
Just for the record, I think you are a true artist when it comes to whip design. Moving knots around, your desire to make knots that fit the buyers hand, and using the walking stick heads on the whips all prove your devotion to the craft and your ability to think outside the box.
Thank you again, for what I think is a VERY fine whip. I don't think you know this, but these are my first two synthetic whips. My others, about 6 of them are all roo-hide or leather. I was very interested to compare how "Dacron" stacked up against Paracrod and Roo-hide. You have done Dacron proud.
Years ago, I had one of Tyler's first dacron whips in my hand. It was nice. The evolution these whips made was incredible. There was always one thing to choose- Nylon or Leather. That's it. But, Tyler added another aspect- his combination of flat braid poly and dacron. This design brings together the toughness of a nylon whip (snow, mud, rain, wet grass) with the elegance and fluidity of Roohide. Of course there's a difference between these materials and Roo, but it's very, very close. To crack these whips is a sheer joy- they are precise, elegant and light weight.
I made two reviews on Tyler's work. The first one is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v+xD4FuyGHVcw . The other one you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML3FvTF5eHI If you like... As far as I'm concerned, Tyler Blake is one of the top ten whipmakers, together with Simon Martin, Terry Jacka, Rhett Kelley, Steph Normand and Jeremy McEachern. Just to name a few. Of course Tyler Blake isn't the only one who's making great whips. But he's one of the great names in whipmaking!
If you're more into heavy whips, you won't like Tyler's work. Like I said, his whips are light weighted and elegant. Perfect for performance and target work. He invented the Exowhip, a complete new approach to transitions. I'm sure that this style will be copied soon. But to be fair, it should be known as "Tyler Blake style".
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Sorry it took so long to write! The whip arrived safely the other day and finally I had a good chance to give it a good try. I am still amazed at how light and nimble the whip is! The knot also fits nicely which is a definite plus. Thanks so much, now with the warmer days coming it will be getting more and more use :)
Yes it arrived. :) That was quite the box you shipped it in. ;) I haven't had much chance to play with it, but it's the best whip I own and I'm looking forward to showing it off to my friends this weekend. :) Thanks you so much,
Beautiful, I got the whip yesterday it's one of the best flowing a nd looking I've ever seen much less owned. I love it. Your work is beautiful, the plaiting is perfect, you've done an amazing job and I will be ordering again in the future, thanks. It took a bit of getting used to but I love the feel of the snake head. Very interesting, you're right about it making you use a rolling loop style. I love it.
I've got the whips, just picked them up. The knots are dead right, fit perfectly in my hands. Awesome stuff, the best part is I have about ten days off now. :) I'll go and have a play and report back. Thanks again,
Arrived safely. Very nice. Nice tight braids. Nice taper. Perfect knots size and placement. Love the weight and material. I really dig the black and brown color combo with the grape vine. Cracks very nice and smooth. It already feels more broken in being new compared to roohide or leather. I bet when it breaks in completely it will be even better. We will enjoy it :)
Thanks you very much. You've been a pleasure to deal with.