Paring Leather

Paring Leather

I’m still making whips in my hotel room and I’ve learned to cut down a bit of clean up time.   When paring my the strands initially I would pick up all the debris by hand, so that I didn’t leave a crazy mess for the housekeeper.  This was a pain, and very time consuming, so I went to the Walmart and bought some plastic sheeting and taped it to the floor.

 

 

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The plastic sheeting is very cheap and did an excellent job collecting all the scraps!

 

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The nice thing about it is that I can reuse the sheet!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Hotel Bullwhip Making…

Hotel Bullwhip Making…

Here’s how I figured out how to make a bullwhip in a hotel room with out making holes in the walls.  I hung the set to be pared in the door jam of the bathroom.

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It was pretty simple, I just wrapped the end around a pen:

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and shut it in the door.  Here’s the view from inside the bathroom:

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And here’s the mess that paring makes on the floor:

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I’m kinda amazed that this simple system anchors the leather so well!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org  

Plaiting Soap!

Plaiting Soap!

I’m in Lancaster, CA and working on some whips.  I didn’t bring any plaiting soap down here with me due to what I needed to pack and not wanting my bags to be overweight.  So I bought what I needed make a batch of plaiting soap and managed to cook up a batch in the microwave in my hotel!

plaiting soap

 

It turned out great, I was amazed!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Making in a Hotel…

Bullwhip Making in a Hotel…

I’m currently working on big order of whips and I’m also on the road performing, which makes working on the whips a bit more difficult and slower than if I was doing them at home.

Before I left I swung by David Morgan to pick up six kangaroo skins for the whips that I’m working on while I’m away.  Here are the skins I picked up:

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

Before I left for California for 10 days I was going to be at a hotel in WA for one night.  So I had 5 of the skins shipped to my hotel in California and kept one with me.

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Here’s the skin I kept and it was my test skin to figure out how to make a whip in a hotel.

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

I’ll post more soon about some of the techniques I came up with to make a whip in a hotel without having to put a hole in their wall for a hook.

When I got to my hotel in California I had the five skins waiting for me!

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

Now it’s time to get to work!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whips in the News

Whips in the News

Here’s one of the few positive mentions of someone using a bullwhip in the news:

Indiana Ben cracks whip at state fairgrounds

Jugheads Youth Juggling Co.’s Paul Arneberg gives his students plenty of freedom to succeed on their own terms.

Ben Moore — a Woodbury resident, Arneberg’s nephew and “just one of the Jugheads,” his mother said — combined his study of the sport of juggling with a little inspiration a la Harrison Ford.

Indiana Ben is a new act featuring juggling balls, rings and clubs, plus the cracking of two whips, and the wearing of a trenchcoat and a fedora.

And 12-year-old Moore’s favorite part of the show?

“Scaring people with the bullwhip,” he said.

A performer must play to the audience, Moore added.

“He likes the reaction,” said Tammi, his mother

Read the whole article at: http://www.woodburybulletin.com/life/arts-and-entertainment/3816236-indiana-ben-cracks-whip-state-fairgrounds

It’s always great when there’s a story that promotes sport whip cracking!

Louie

Six Bullwhips…

Six Bullwhips…

I’m currently working on making three bullwhips that will be six feet long and three bullwhips will be eight feet long.   Making them all at once, or at least doing parts of all six at the same that when it’s possible saves a lot of time.

I just cut out six cores and attached them to handles:

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And I cut out six bolsters:

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I cut them out a bit wider than they will need to be and when I get the bellies plaited I will trim them down so they are a custom fit for each whip.

Tomorrow I’ll start working on cutting out the bellies and doing the strand prep. cutting out the bellies are another part where I can save a lot of time working on them all at the same time.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Learning to Crack a Whip

Learning to Crack a Whip

When someone picks up a whip for the first time, I’m amazed at how often they think it’s easy to crack and the whip just does it automatically.

Here’s a quick video of someone learning to crack a whip:


Mainiac with a Bull Whip by sheldrakesarcastic

It’s not easy, it’s something that takes practice, like hitting a ball with a bat.  I also think the person in the video may have had an easier time learning standing on the ground instead of on a horse.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org