6 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

6 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

Yesterday I got some work in on the 6 foot bullwhip that I’m working on.  I got the outer bolster finished.  I also did something with the bolster that I don’t always do…but whenever I do it I wonder why I stopped.  When I was running the bolster through the splitter as I got closer to the end I thinned it down a bit more.  So the bolster didn’t just taper by width, but also by thickness.

Here’s the whip in it’s current state:
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Currently I’ve got it braided to the end of the plaited belly.  Unfortunately I don’t think I’m going to have any time to work on this whip the next couple of days, so it won’t be finished for a few days.

Louie
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6 foot Bullwhip

6 foot Bullwhip

My current project is working on a 6 foot 12 plait bullwhip.  The first stop was a drive up to David Morgan to pick out a kangaroo skin for this.

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This kangaroo skin is 56 dm and will be the two bellies and the overlay.

Yesterday I got the two inner bellies braided.

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As far as internal layers go, all that’s left to do is the outer bolster.  The insides of the whip are assembled quickly compared to the outside.  The internal layers are about 5/6’s of the finished whip, however they represent a little less than 1/3 of the total labor, and they are the most important layers.  If you put a beautiful overlay on top of bad whip guts, the whip is going to suck.

Louie
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5 Foot Bullwhip

5 Foot Bullwhip

My next project is a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip. I recently had two people buy the same “in stock”  bullwhip within a span of about 20 minutes.  I didn’t get a chance to delete it between orders, so I’m making a second one for the second buyer.

This is the whip I’m making duplicate of:

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Here’s the skin I’m making the whip with:

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This is 50dm kangaroo skin, and here’s what it looks like after the initial trim:

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Then I cut out the set for the belly:

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Tomorrow I’ll get started on the plaiting the belly.

Louie
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Beginner’s Bullwhips!

Beginner’s Bullwhips!

I’ve had some extra time the last couple of weeks and used that time to make a couple of the Beginner’s Bullwhips.  These bullwhips are made of cowhide (mostly).  They have a leather core, 4 plait belly and 4 plait overlay.  The knots are kangaroo.
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All of these whips are 6 feet long.  I just listed them on the IN STOCK whips page.  There are only three…you can get one, two or all three.

Louie

Bullwhips everywhere!

Bullwhips everywhere!

I’m always amazed in my travels how many whips I run into.  Here’s one at a place that makes belts:

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Then a few weeks ago I was teaching a workshop for magicians in Omaha, NE.  One of the magicians attending mentioned to me he had some whips.  After the workshop I checked out what he had with him:

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He know the who the makers of all the whips were except for one.  The whip below he didn’t know who made it, but said it had a great crack.
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Luckily I knew who made it…it was me!  Here’s the whip when it was new:

The whip had changed hands a couple of times over the years. It’s always great to see whips I’ve made!

Louie
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