The Original Tubewhip, designed and made by Nathan Griggs
While traveling outback Australia, Nathan bumped into Mick Denigan from Mick's Whips and Leather Goods at the Mindil Beach Markets in Darwin, Northern Territory who was giving one of his famous whip cracking performances. Keen to have a crack at the whip himself, a Mick's stock whip was bought and many cracking techniques were learned over time. Cracking a stock whip wasn't all that interested Nathan, he wanted to make a stock whip himself but finance for leather was hard to come by.
The original Tube Whips' humble beginnings started when Nathan discovered Goolang Creek at the Nymboida Canoe Centre on his continuing travels around Australia. Tubing on Goolang's white water is great fun especially when a chain of tubers is formed and sent down the rapids. Although inner tubes are reasonably robust, the sharp rocks of Goolang Creek are no match for the already worn out inner tubes. A pile of discarded tubes, ready to be taken away for landfill, sparked the original idea of making the first inner tube whips.
The Nymboida Canoe Centre, home of a white water facility in northern New South Wales, recycles inner tubes from cars and trucks for the pleasure of their customers who tube downstream on these. Once these tubes become irreparable, Nathan recycles them once again and cuts the rubber tubes into strips to create his specialty... The original "Tube Whips".
Tube whips are not only great for beginners but also for the intermediate and advance whip crackers. These whips will stand up to any amount of rain, hail or snow. The sound it produces is equal to, if not better than your average leather whip. Tube whips are strong, durable and affordable, making them a great gift for the whip cracking enthusiast.
Most handles are made from 19" environmentally sustainable Imported cane half plaited with a tube overlay. Other handles are made from local hardwood timber, dried and either hand turned on a lathe, or simply sanded back and used as they are, keeping their original natural bush look which makes them unique (please email for the natural handle). Bailing twine is used for the crackers which comes in different colours.
Nathan recommends using a original tube whip when ever you can, as it is not only an excellent recreational pastime but also a great focal point for discussion among whip crackers around the world.
hopping on the tubes causes them to push into the rocks underneath.
The tubes get a battering each time they go down Goolang Creek.
The rocks eventually puncture the inner tubes beyond repair.
Our whips implement the 3 R's. Reduce, Re-use, Recycle. Check out the over sized 12m tube whip.
Two finished tube whips, one complete with handmade wood handle and the other plaited cane.
Click on the bubbles to find out more about the Australian stock whip.