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>A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part Five, Finishing The Handle And The Wetting/Drying Stand

>If you want to see the previous posts in this series follow the links below.

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part One

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part two, The Handle Base And Marking Out the Chamois

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part Three, Cutting The Chamois And Attaching It To The Handle

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part Four, Continuing With The Handle

Handle furnishings

The handle needs collars at the bottom and the top to finish it off, so lets get cracking.

To make the top collar some of the cloth banding from the camping shop was smeared with strong, slow drying, waterproof glue and then wrapped with coloured cloth tape. This tape is a reddish brown in colour, for some reason unknown, it has come out purple in all the photos that I took. About 15cm of this was made.

for the bottom collars a length of cord was glued and wrapped in the same coloured cloth strip about 30cm of this was made. Both where then left for about an hour, long enough to stick the strip to the band and cord but not long enough for the glue to fully set, so that the band and cord are still flexible.

two short pieces of the coloured cloth strip where attached to the handle with a single spot of super glue each, leaving most of the strips loose.

The thick,wrapped banding was then cut to a length to exactly cir cum navigate the handle and the two ends where placed on the two cloth strips on the handle. The two strips where then folded over the ends of the banding and four long shafted brass coloured studs where then used to fix the ends of the banding and three more studs where used around the banding to fix the banding to the handle. All of the studs where driven through a blob of slow setting glue to help create a waterproof seal where they entered the wood. The cord was then cut into two lengths and attached in a similar manner at the bottom of the handle. As you can see in the photograph above a gap was left between the two rings of cord, the reason for this will become apparent later.

Brass coloured studs where then driven into the handle along the length of the handle along the line of the end of the handle covering, to secure the covering to the wood and the rubber bands where cut off. I am not happy with the line and spacing of these and will re-do them later when I have time.

As you can see in the photo above the flogger is now effectively finished. Now to make a stand for it.

Making the stand

The stand is basically a chrome plated toilet paper role holder. In the first photograph it is shown how a simple decorative knot was used to attach a piece of cord to the top of the stand, super glue was then squeezed between the loops of the knot to to fix the cord onto the stand and stop it moving about. Some tape was used to bind the ends of the cord.

To use the stand for wetting the flogger the cord is tied through the metal eye at the end of flogger, as you can see this puts the flogger at the right hight to stand in a bucket. I am not going to use that bucket, it is just there for size comparison.

To use the stand for drying, the cord is tied around the flogger in the gap between the two bottom collars on the handle. This allows the tails of the flogger to hang freely for drying. This is illustrated in the third photo above.

Next week – wetting, drying, testing the flogger and costs