How to make a leather whip

Written by tara dodrill
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Making a leather whip does not require expensive tools or intricate knowledge of leather works. Purchasing the yards of leather to be used in the project is the most costly aspect of making a leather whip. Red hide leather is the most basic option. It is less expensive than rawhide leather, but still durable. Kangaroo hide and chrome leather are popular leather whip choices, due to the unusual colour of the materials.

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Things you need

  • 20 yards of leather
  • Leather cutter or sharp scissors
  • Clamp to hold leather strips during the braiding process

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  1. 1

    Purchase 20 yards of leather. Strips must be at least an eighth of an inch wide.

  2. 2

    Cut the leather into 10 strips, each two yards long.

  3. 3

    Fold nine of the leather strips in half. Tie a knot 12 inches from the middle of each strip.

  4. 4

    Attach the three sets of strips to a clamp and tighten the clamp.

  5. 5

    Braid the three sets of strands tightly together. Grasp a set of three strands in one hand. Hold the remaining two sets of strands in the other hand. Braid all three sets together, forming the whip handle.

  6. 6

    Cut one yard of leather from the remaining two-yard strand of leather. Tie a knot near the top of the whip handle. Wrap a strand around the handle again, and knot near the bottom of the handle to secure the braided ends together.

  7. 7

    Knot or cut excess leather from the knot strap. The whip is ready to use or display.

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