We all dabbled in leathercraft at some point in our childhood, whether at summer camp, vacation bible school, or reform school. Creating a wallet for Dad or an embossed belt was nice and all, but most of us left the leather by the wayside, preferring to pick up more genteel crafts like knitting or scrapbooking as adults. Craft is craft, my friends, and I ask that you all analyze your lifestyle choices and ask yourselves where your D.I.Y. talents are best channeled. Those of you with S&M/B&D proclivities might consider taking up the hobby of WHIPMAKING! If you enjoyed your summer camp experiences, take it to the next level. Pick up some supplies and a copy of David W. Morgan's 1972 manual "Whips and Whipmaking". It's a surprisingly breezy read--full of history, physics, and of course, the D.I.Y. tutorials that you would expect.
By using this book, you can learn the finer points of "Fancy Whip Handling", such as cutting, wrap-around, and fast whip work.
"The tip of the fall is difficult to use since not only must it be in line and at the right height, but it must also be the right distance out. However, well used, the tip of the fall is a versatile tool, capable of pulling, pushing, grasping or fanning. In pulling, bottle caps may be removed from bottles. In pushing, bottles may be broken. For pull and push, tacks partly driven into a wall may be removed or driven fully in at will. In grasping, handkerchiefs may be removed from pockets, or objects may be picked up and thrown into the air to be hit by the whip. Stories are told of the coach drivers who could flick lizards down! In blowing , candles can be put out by the movement of air near the tip of the whip when it cracks."
The chapter on corporal punishment is a must, and includes some great pictures of flaggelation whips that were used by Catholic communities for flaggelation, both self-administered, and the kind that you have to receive straight from the priest. The above picture is of a whipping horse with a cat-o'-nine tails. The book points out the differences between these whips and whips used for the circus, cowboys, and others. There is a chapter about "Whipmaking by the amateur" that is encouraging, although the book states that the Australians generally hold that it takes five years of hard work to make a first class whipmaker. Who needs to be a first class whipmaker, though? David W. Morgan will teach you enough to give you a good start. Imagine the splash you'll make at the next Indie Craft fair when you show up with your line of badassssss candy colored bondage gear. I don't know about any D.I.Y. manuals for ball-gags or gimp masks, but here's a link to a great piece of X-Files fan fiction that contains some creative D.I.Y. B&D tips. You don't have to thank me for the inspiration, but the next time you're getting into some good clean fun, be sure you make "Extreme Craft" your safe word.
LINK to book LINK to FLICKR set of scans. Thanks, Meredith!