After reading through this thread, I thought I would make my own following Evan's directions. The whip cost $14 with tax at tractor supply co. I cut it just a tad longer than he recommended for now. I can shorten it if i want to in the future. I will plastidip the tip once I decide on the length. 34.5" overall right now. I could have bought a 34" from GDS that would have cost about the same once it was shipped. This is my first time to use a heeling stick though, so I am not sure what stiffness I will like.