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Yeah its odd how they all kinda got stuck together, they should work better now that I edited the comment.
So the term belly in this use refers to the stomach or gut. Most leather whips will only have 1 or maybe 2 bellies, paracord whips may have 3. Because the Whip Makers Cord is so thin, this design is able to get away with having 5 and not be unwieldy.
I should have included this too, here is a video for after you've made your first whip and want to learn how to crack it.
I am using the Whip Maker's Cord for all five bellies and the overlay, in the second picture of the planning step you can see the test piece I did to see if it would even be possible. In the ten foot whip you see me building I only used 550 for the shot load off the core the of the handle. So I wound up using over 860 feet of the Whip Maker's cord and maybe 3 feet of 550.
I never thought about the effect that the rise of automobiles had on leather crafting, thats really interesting and thank you for sharing. My great grandfather used to be a farmer in South Dakota and ranchers would drive their heard through his fields, so he used to have a whip as part of his every day carry. Its always interesting to find a craft that connects us to our ancestors.
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Definitely give the build in that first video a try. If you skip waxing it, the total material cost to make it is about $30. If you go to the Paracord Store they also have 1 and 2 pound bags of random paracord for $10 or $20, its a really good bargain if you don't care about the color.
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