How to Tie West Country Whipping
This is probably one of the easiest forms of being able to cover an object. Not only a great way of preventing the end of your rope from fraying, but also makes a decorative covering knot for knife handle or hiking sticks. This form of whipping is also extremely quick tying and does not take too long till you have covered a good length of your object.
Overhand Knots for West Country Whipping
The overhand knot is probably one of the first knots that you have learned to tie. However, by tying a series of the simple overhand knot, you are in effect creating West Country Whipping. The idea is that you tie the overhand knot on one side of an object and then tie another on the opposite side and just keep tying the overhand knot till you get the desired length of covering.
West Country Whipping the End of a Rope
When whipping the end of a rope, the whipping should be approximately one and one half the diameter of the rope in length. Starting off is done by tying the first overhand knot, then tying another overhand knot on the opposite side. Finally once you have covered approximately one and one half the diameter of the rope, this can finally be secured using a Reef Knot. More often than not, this is considered to be temporary whipping when used on a slippery synthetic rope. Perhaps a way of making it more of a permanent wrap, would be to tuck the ends under pervious wraps and pull the end tight, then cut flush.