HOW TO MAKE WHIPS
Author: Ron Edwards
Publisher: SCHIFFER BOOKS, Dec 1998
Gives instructions for a basic 8-strand whip & deals with the making of fine kangaroo hide whips. Drawings; 8.5x11 inches, 168 pgs.
Ron Edwards was born in Australia in 1930 and brought up in the country where the small farmers still plowed with horses and harvested their half acres with sickles and scythes, while the larger properties relied on the annual visit of the steam-driven threshing machines to process their crops. By the 1940s all this had vanished, but by then Edwards had realized that the country's traditional crafts were also disappearing. He began to note some of them in drawings and text and later published these materials in his native country. How to Make Whips is the American edition of his ninth book.
The first section of How to Make Whips gives instructions for a basic 8-strand whip; the second deals with the making of fine kangaroo hide whips. Other chapters explain the making of bullwhips, snake whips, and whips made from precut lace. Also included are instructions on plaiting names in whips and using plaiting designs for whip handles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ron Edwards, O.A.M., born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Ron Edwards earned a Diploma in Art in Illustration and a Diploma of Art in Art of the Book from Swinburne Technical College in Melbourne. He has served as lecturer in art at the Swinburne Institute of Technology, studied calligraphy in Japan, and worked on a survey of Aboriginal rock art in Queensland. He has written and illustrated forty-three books on both Australian folklore and Asian subjects.
In 1950, Edwards founded what would become the Rams Skull Press, a publishing house specializing in books on Australian folklore. He was awarded the Australian Folk Trust Fellowship in 1985 and the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992. In 2000, Swinburne University awarded Edwards with an honorary doctorate degree. He is currently president of the Australian Folklore Society and the Australian Whipmakers and Plaiters Association.