“Whip it… Whip it good…”
The whip has been around in some shape, form or fashion for thousands of years. Used as a cattle and ranching tool, the whip’s shape changes depending on the animal it was designed to be used on and what the user was intending the animal to do. Obviously a whip designed to drive a horse run faster needed to be shorter then the bullwhip designed to get a bull to behave in a certain way.
A whip, typically have a wooden handle with braided leather or a single piece of leather that varies in length. For the purposes of this article we are going to talk about bullwhips, the kind usually seen at a Renaissance Festival. The bullwhip has a handle that is roughly 8 to 12 inches in length with a lash that ranges from 3-20 feet in length. Again, thevariation in length depends on what you will be using it for.
You are going to see whips in leather shops and weapon shops around the Ren Faire. Most are intended for decoration use on your garb. You can tie the whip with a small piece of leather around your belt and it is now a STATEMENT. You are now a whip person. You are going to get salty comments from workers around the faire and in turn you can strut just a little more. And don’t get me started on a wench with a whip. WOW!
Another place you are going to see whips in in the shows. I love a good show with a whip. The first one that I ever saw was Don Juan & Miguel. In the show, Don Juan uses the whip on various objects, including his sidekick, Miguel. The shot below is the pasta in Miguel’s mouth being taken by a whip.
Another great show with whips: Adam Crack. Adam crack uses whips for everything from cracking, whip cracking records to fire whips. And what do we know about fire: Everything is better with FIRE! If you haven’t gotten to see Adam Crack at a faire, go to YouTube – you will be amazed.
If you are looking for a whip for your costume or just want to see what can be done with a whip, the Ren Faire is a the best place to start. Go take in a show and then go find a whip. Be careful, keep it peace tied while you are at the faire and then when you get home, give it a try. Be sure to give yourself plenty of room but… you know… whip it…. whip it good!