"The Whip-Maker is a Dependant on the Saddler's Business. Whips are made of a wooden Handle and Whale-Bone, covered with Cat-Gut; they have the Tops from the Iron-Monger or Saddler's Founder: They are a Set of ingenious Workmen. Their Trade does not require much Strength; a Youth may be bound about fourteen or fifteen Years of Age, and when out of his Time, if a good Hand, may earn Eighteen Shillings a Week.—The Thong-Maker is a different Branch from a Whip-Maker, but remarkable neither for profit nor ingenuity."
—R. Campbell, The London Tradesman, 1747, p. 236–237