8 Foot Bullwhip – Making

8 Foot Bullwhip – Making

Yesterday I finished the overlay of an 8 foot bullwhip. It’s 12 plait in whiskey kangaroo.

After the overlay was put on, I tied some string for the foundation for the transition knot:

Then put a turkshead over the string:

The string base for the knot is something that I put on to keep the knot from sliding up and down the whip if it loosens over time. It also builds up the space under the knot and gives it a little bit of texture.

Also you’ll notice the color difference between the knot and the handle/lash of the whip. The knot is the color of the leather when I get it, and the handle/lash is the color the braiding process (pulling/plaiting soap/etc) changes it to. The knot will be darkened during the finishing process.

Today I’ll put the heel knot on, roll and schellac the whip and ship it out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip – In Progress

Bullwhip – In Progress

Yesterday I finished up all of the internal layers of the 8 foot bullwhip I’m working on. I braided the outer belly and then cut out the outer bolster:

This bolster is a two part bolster, I join the with a long wedge shape. This makes is much easier to braid over to join them and it also helps keep them together over time.

I then attached the bolster to the handle:

An put some weight into what will be the heel knot foundation of the whip.

This weigh balances out the whip a little bit more and makes it so that it’s not super nose heavy and wants to jump out of your hand when you crack it.

Then I cut out and did the strand prep for the 12 plait overlay:

And got started plaiting the handle.

I’m about a foot into into the whip and today I should get the overlay finished. Tomorrow will be the knots, rolling and any finishing touches. Then this whip is off to its new owner!


Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

Yesterday I got started working on an 8 foot bullwhip. I started by trimming the kangaroo skin.

Then I cut off some thin strips of leather to make a 5 plait wrist loop

Then I got started on the main body of the whip.

The inner plaited belly is made from a different skin from the outer belly and overlay. Normally this would be made from the same skin as the rest of the whip’s braided layers. The reason for that is to economically using the kangaroo skin and reducing waste.

Today I’ll get started on the inner bolster and outer belly.

Kangaroo Skin…

Kangaroo Skin…

I’m starting work on an 8 foot, 12 plait bullwhip. It’s going to be made with whiskey colored veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo. I ran up to David Morgan this morning and picked up this skin.

One great thing about buying my kangaroo skins from them is they always have great skins. Right now with the current COVID restrictions is that while I couldn’t go in to pick out my own skin, the crew there knows what a whip maker wants in a skin.

The largest they had was a 58 dm skin and for an 8 foot whip, ideally I’d have at least a 65dm skin. That means that I’ll have to cut up a leftover kangaroo center for one of the bellies. I really hate wasting prime kangaroo skin on a belly, but sometimes that’s what has to happen.

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a bullwhip that came in to be fixed:

bullwhip

Based on the picture that I was sent before the whip was shipping to me, I thought I was going have to just put a fall hitch at the break. When the whip arrived and I got a closer look at it, I saw there was another option.

Here’s a close up of the point of the whip that broke off:

bullwhip repair

You’ll notice the last foot of the whip was added onto the whip just past the break. Now there was another option, to unbraid the point and rebraid it before the break.

Broken bullwhip

If you look in the picture above, you’ll notice that the original point was basically a piece of latigo. This was an interesting way to make it. I guess the idea was to have the last braided foot of the whip replaceable.

The goal was to use the same leather, but unfortunately it was too brittle. I redid the point in kangaroo:

bullwhip repair

And here’s the fixed whip:

bullwhip repair

It’s going to head back to it’s owner in the morning!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org