Currently on my plaiting hook are two signal whips. These are both going to be four feet long with 12 plait overlays. I drove up to David Morgan to pick out a kangaroo skin. Here’s the skin I decided to make them out of:
This skin was 58 decimeters, and I thought it would be plenty. I was able to cut out both bellies and overlays, and there’s probably enough left over for either both wrist loops, or one of knots. Hopefully I’ll have enough black scrap kicking around in my scrap bin to finish these whips. Otherwise I’ll have to buy a whole skin for a tiny bit of lace.
I made both of the internal layers that are built with a shotbag, plaited belly and bolster. In the picture below the overlays are cut out, however no strand prep has been done.
Today I’ll get started on the overlays, and hopefully with some luck these whips will be finished on Friday.
I’m starting to get people asking me when my cut off date will be for ordering a whip if they want it to arrive by Christmas. I’m only giving the deadlines for orders that would be shipped in the USA. Outside the USA with all the potential customs delays, etc I’d say order ASAP and hope you get a nice customs agent that processes your package.
For IN STOCK WHIPS or WHIP ACCESSORIES to be delivered by Christmas you’ll have to place your order by the end of the day on 12/20/15.
For any MADE TO ORDER WHIPS the current wait time is about 7 days. That means the order would have to be placed by 12/13/15. However that wait time is subject to change due to how many orders are ahead of you, so if you need it by Christmas please contact me before ordering to confirm that I’ll be able to ship it by the deadline.
I recently made a 10 foot bullwhip that was made in the style of the bullwhip used by Indiana Jones.
It’s been a little while since I’ve done a 10 foot bullwhip, so this was a fun project for me!
I just shipped out a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit to an aspiring whip maker. You get all the parts of the whip including a DVD that takes you through all the steps to making a stock whip.
This kit is a great way to try your hand at making a whip. A stock whip is much easier to make than a bullwhip for a beginner and a great confidence booster before you take on a whip that’s more internally complex.
I don’t know how much longer I’ll offer these kits because they are a lot of work on my end to prepare and package all of the materials. After all the labor I really don’t make much on them.
For more information about the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit or to order a kit visit: http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=7374
Recently I had this whip sent into me:
The owner wanted a new fall put on it. When it originally lost its fall they sent it to a leather worker and they stitched a fall onto it.
While stitching a fall does get it attached to the whip, it’s going to make it a pain to replace later. Also when it was stitched on they didn’t tighten up the point of the whip, so there were huge gaps in the plaiting due to the looseness of the braid.
I had to cut off the fall, unbraid it a bit and rebraid the point. Then I tied a new fall hitch and put a fall on it.
This is why it’s important to send a whip for repair to someone that knows what they are doing. Leather braiding is a very specialized area of leather work. Within braiding making whips is a very specialized area of braiding. So you’ll get better results when you send a whip to someone that knows what they are doing.
Currently I’m working on a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip built in the style of the Indiana Jones Bullwhip. For this whip at 10 feet it’s hard to find one skin that is big enough to make the whole whip out of, so I’m staring with two skins. I made a quick trip up to David Morgan to pick through their skins and pick out two that will work for this project.
Both of these skins are in the low 50 decimeter size. One will be the two bellies and the other will be some lace and the 12 plait overlay.
Here’s the finished inner belly:
And here’s the completed interior of the bullwhip:
Finally for today I cut out the 12 plait overlay and lace for the wrist loop.
Tomorrow the real work starts, and that’s doing the strand prep and beginning to plait the overlay. The interior is much easier to do that the final layer.
Oh, while at David Morgan I always have to drool over the shop whip:
If I recall correctly, this is an 8 foot bullwhip and it’s amazing!
A couple of months ago I made this bullwhip and mailed it off to it’s new owner.
Then a few weeks later I was performing in California at a fair and it’s owner came up to say HI!
We had a great time chatting before I had to head to my next show. It’s always great running into my customers!
Here’s an email I recently got:
have you ever made a whip from chrome tanned kangaroo leather or know anybody that has? I have made a bullwhip from chrome tanned cow hide its ok and it was my first one I made and I got a good deal on a side and figured if I mess up I wouldn’t be out much cash. but to my surprise it cracks pretty nice. I also made a small one from veg tanned cow hide which was much nicer to work with and a lot stronger then chrome tanned. with that being said how strong is the chrome tanned vs the veg tanned roo hide. the reason I ask this is because chrome tanned is cheaper and i’m not made of money but I would like a nice kangaroo whip if a chrome tanned one would be almost as good as a veg tanned one it might be worth it. and where would you suggest to buy good kangaroo hide? do you sell it? Thanks for the advice
My advice would be to save up for veg tanned kangaroo. It’s a much better material for plaiting. You could use chrome tanned for a belly where it doesn’t take the stress that the outer layer takes.
However keep in mind with any leather that’s not “drum stuffed” you will have to “hand grease” the skin. That adds extra cost on top of the cost of leather and extra labor on your end. Also the end result typically isn’t the same as a tannery doing the greasing for you.
Hope that helps…
I came across an article this morning about a guy that 3d printed a dinosaur tail vertebra to support the theory that their tails could crack like a whip.
Here’s the problem with the theory (in my opinion), it’s the as far as I’m aware dinosaurs didn’t have falls and crackers on the end of their tails. I’m no scientist, so I could be wrong about that.
You can read the whole article here: http://www.geekwire.com/2015/nathan-myhrvold-builds-a-robo-tail-to-show-dinosaurs-could-create-whip-crackin-sonic-booms/
Right now I’m finished up my last project before I head out of town for a couple of weeks to perform my show in California. I am helping out someone that is restoring a bag and needed someone to recreate the plaited straps. Here’s what one of the straps look like:
This was an unusual pattern, where it over two on opposite sides and checkerboard on the other two opposite sides. Also this strap didn’t have a core. Between it being hollow and the pattern it gave the original strap a rectangle like profile.
My version of it has a core and is much more round looking.