The whips that were made long ago, were not like the ones that are now made. The old whips were made from rushes. The lash of the whip was made from three pleated rushes. The butt of the whip was made from rushes. The white ends of the rushes were put together, and tied with a strong string. A long rush was twisted around it, and this was called a loaden butt.
- Mary Fitzpatrick