I hand cut the best Pittard hide to the required widths and lengths, and the leather lace is then stretched and pre-tensioned by feel only. Any slight “sueded” edges of the cut leather lace are then flame-singed to ensure the finished hand plaiting on the unbreakable whip stock is tightly set and perfectly seated on the final layer of glued perforated papering.
Once the stock is plaited I apply leather care and gentle heat to penetrate and set the plaiting in place, after which the stock is rolled between two granite slabs under high hand pressure to smooth and bond the surface. The finished stock is then spun in a lathe at high speed to allow burnishing with the finest leather polish and to finally settle the whipping to ensure that even if damaged, the plaiting will resist unravelling.
I use the best 2 mm upholstery leather for the keeper, gluing the two halves together and punching out my unique thong slot before final stitching on my hand operated, Victorian era, Singer Bootmakers sewing machine. The keeper is then glued and papered in place before final whipping-on with traditional waxed cord, followed by three coats of finishing and waterproofing lacquer.
The Red Stag Antler hooks are individually fashioned to suit the Client; for instance with large or small hooks, left or right handed cants and bespoke decoration. When applying and setting the antler hook and collar I use traditional string thread and the latest high strength, structural bonding, two-part adhesives.
A nickel-silver collar is fitted as standard and we offer engraving at a small additional cost. All whips are offered with handmade leather thongs or a very durable nylon thongs handmade by Diana Rowson and are complete with a replaceable lash attached.