Rather than presenting an article written by someone else, I would suggest that you purchase a book on whip making.
One book (which we have in our library) is How to Make Whips by Ron Edwards
Mr. Edwards teaches you every single detail you have to know to get started. You only have to really fall in love to such a beautiful craft, and you'll have half way done. Practice is important too, but you have everything to become a master whipmaker: different styles (bullwhips, redhide whips, stockwhips, shotwhips, hatbands, etc.), even a section on very complex plaiting patterns, how to make use of the hide in a proper way, and many other things which won't let you down. Absolutely recommendable.