TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY
Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.
West Country Whipping
Rope Care Index Rope Care Options
Sailmaker's Whipping Common Whipping West Country Whip'n Figure 8 Flake Care & Cleaning Coil Unattached Rope Coil Attached Rope Flemish Flake (Spiral) Crown Back Splice
Find a Knot by Name Knot Terminology Knot & Rope Safety Rope Properties Contact
Animation: West Country Whipping Tying
Use the Arrow Keys or hover over the Buttons above. View Video
West Country Whipping TyingPass the twine round the rope and tie a Half Knot. Repeat behind the rope and tie another. Continue making Half Knots in front and behind until the length of the whipping equals about the diameter of the rope. Finish with several Square (Reef) knots. Pull them through the rope and trim the ends.
West Country Whipping Details
Uses: The West Country Whipping (ABOK # 3458, p 548) must be the easiest whipping to teach and learn - merely a series of Half Knots completed with a Square (Reef) Knot! No equipment is required except the whipping twine and it secures the end of a rope fairly well. The final Square Knot can shake loose followed by each Half Knot. However, it does fail slowly - the Half Knots work their way loose in succession and, as each one loosens, an opportunity is presented to procrastinate: tie another Square Knot and put off having to whip the end properly with a better whipping.
Techniques: There are several variations of this whipping:
Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.