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 whip stock is tightly set and perfectly seated.
Once the stock is plaited I apply leather care and gentle heat to penetrate the plaiting, after which the stock is rolled between two granite slabs under high hand pressure to smooth and bond the surface.
I use the best 2 mm saddler’s leather for the keeper, gluing the two halves together and punching out the keeper 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 linen cord, followed by three coats of finishing and waterproofing lacquer.
When applying and setting the antler hook and collar I use traditional string thread and the latest high strength, structural bonding, two-part adhesives. The finished product is a beautiful high quality Loxley whip that will provide you with many years of use and enjoyment.