HUNT WHIP REPAIR
Lash & Stock Repair
CUSTOM WHIPS & LASHES
6', 5', 4.5', 3' Medium Weight
Custom Lengths & Weights
CUSTOM CASES &
Holsters & Hound
HARNESS & SADDLE REPAIR
Horse Blanket Repair
It is with great sadness that we report the
passing of Tom Black on July 31. 2020.
We appreciate the support of his customers over
the years allowing him to use his skills to do something he
loved and making Three Springs Tack Repair successful.
Some custom whips and appointments along with
used tack are available for purchase.
Contact Janet Black, 828-606-0708,
firstname.lastname@example.org for information and pricing.
making is the highest refinement of the art of leather braiding.
The craft was mastered in England centuries ago and was carried
to Australia by whip makers who were familiar with the lashes
used on finely braided carriage whips. Australian whip makers
began using Kangaroo instead of cowhide. Kangaroo, one of the
finest leathers available for braiding provides material for
high quality work. The “fall” is also an Australian technique
which is an addition to the lash which takes the abuse away from
the point of the lash and is replaceable.
From deciding the length and weight (thickness) of the finished
whip to constructing the belly to carefully cutting the strands
and bolsters using a micrometer to measure the strand width,
numerous hours are involved in making a custom whip before the
actual braiding begins. After several hours of braiding is
completed a fall is made and attached to the lash with a special
knot and a “cracker” is tied to the fall. The final step is a
Turk’s Head knot tied over the beginning of the braid to cover
the irregular area and provide decoration. I always use black
kangaroo for this knot as a trademark.
Repair of English style lashes usually involves repairing the
“eye” on the point of the lash being cracked off of the end. The
best repair is to add a fall to these lashes which can be
The goal of all case and whip repairs is to make the repair fit
the original construction so that it blends as much as possible
to hide the repair.
All of our whip stocks are made from local materials such as
bamboo from Caroland Farm, white oak cut locally, and iron wood
and hickory from Three Springs Farm woodlands. Horn hooks are
all local white tail deer antlers. All leather is either latigo
tanned cowhide or kangaroo.
of the stocks we have available are rebuilt or restored antique