The Harlequin: A review by Dale Dassel
Handmade in the historical tradition of drover whips used by Florida cattlemen for centuries, the rich legacy of quality craftsmanship is visible in every inch of this beautiful whip. PaloDuro’s Harlequin is patterned on the classic style of vintage Bucheimer whips. Each strand of this robust buckskin lash is cut and beveled to perfection, tightly braided for aerodynamic efficiency. The 2-tone checkered transitions are skillfully integrated, flowing together seamlessly to produce a distinctive and unique design. The solid cocobolo handle glows with the rosy luster of quality heartwood lathed with an expert eye for detail, while a decorative buckskin tassel harkens back to the pioneer days when long lash whips drove American progress. In today’s world of synthetic nylon whips, the Harlequin might have been plucked out of the distant past, a genuine masterpiece which proves that quality is indeed timeless.
As a whip artist of more than 20 years, I can honestly say that this is one of the most exquisitely crafted whips I have ever had the pleasure of owning. It looks gorgeous and handles like a dream. Whip maker Mark Elliot has truly built one for the ages.