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West Country Whipping

WEST COUNTRY WHIPPING secures the end of a rope fairly well from unraveling. It is extremely easy to tie as it simply involves tying alternating Overhand Knots to the front and back of a rope. It can be tied either working toward the end of the rope or away from the end. The ends of the final Square Knot can be tucked back under the whipping with a sharp implement.

Scroll down to see the Animated West Country Whipping below the knot tying tutorial.

West Country Whipping Knot Tying Instructions

  • Pass the whipping twine around the rope a short distance from the end.
  • Form an Overhand Knot and pull very tight.
  • Continue until the length of the whipping is about one to one-and-a-half times the diameter of the rope.
  • Finish with one or more Square Knots.

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