Meet the maker

Johnny Öhgren
Johnny Öhgren Whipmaker

The Beginning:

Many years ago I started making small leather items such as bracelets, key fobs and belts. I quickly fell in love with leather and its properties. One day I got an idea: “Wouldn’t it be cool to make a bullwhip to put on the wall?”.

This little idea sent me down the rabbit hole which is learning about and making whips. A rabbit hole I quickly fell in love with and made my home in a sense.

Present day:

I now have over a decade of experience making whips, and have done so professionally full-time since early 2018. My whip making has earned me a solid reputation around the world and I am a multi-award winning Whip Making Champion. On December 25th 2023 I was inducted into the Bullwhip Hall of Fame (Minnesota, USA) for my contributions to the whip world together with Michelle Pfeiffer (for her role as Catwoman) and Harrison Ford (for his role as Indiana Jones).

I am the author of the book How To Make Quality Kangaroo Leather Whips which serves as a solid foundation for anyone looking to get into the craft.

Apart from making whips I teach braiding-/whipmaking & whip cracking classes for both professional leather crafters looking to expand their skills and beginners wanting to take their first few steps in the art.

Today I make whips for performers, enthusiasts, world record holders and the entertainment industry.

Using my hands to create functional works of art and to have that art bring joy to others is what it’s all about.

– Johnny Öhgren

Whipmaker & Owner of Witchcraft Whips