Bullwhip on Gotham TV Show

Bullwhip on Gotham TV Show

Looks like season 2 of Gotham will have some whips in it with the addition of the Tigress character.  Here’s the blurb from TVLine:

Fox’s Gotham is ready to unleash its Tigress.

Jessica Lucas, who recently wrapped a run on Fox’s Gracepoint, has landed the Season 2 role of Tabitha Galavan aka Tigress, TVLine has learned exclusively.

On the DC Comics-based drama, Tabitha is the lead enforcer for her brother Theo, a billionaire industrialist hell-bent on taking over Gotham (and to be played by go-to bad guy James Frain). Described as sexy and violent — and toting a bullwhip! — she’s the opposite of her cold and calculating brother, deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making.

Lucas’ other TV credits include The CW’s Melrose Place, 90210 and Cult, Friends With Benefits, CSI and the Canadian series Edgemont.

Wonder if there will be a real whip or if it’s going to be CGI?

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Lash for a Whip…

Lash for a Whip…

Recently I had a whip come in that was damaged by a dog chewing on it.

Whip

This lash was an older one and I found it very interesting internally based on what I could see.  the core appeared to be sash core and very fine electrical wire.  The metal in the wire that was exposed was soft and didn’t add any stiffness to the whip, and since it was very thin it couldn’t have added much weight.  When it was newer the wire might have added a bit of rigidity to the whip, but with such a thin gauge it couldn’t have added much.

Whip

The wire ran the full length of the lash.

Whip

I made a 6 plait kangaroo lash to match it, however mine didn’t use any wire. Whip

Here’s the new lash next to the old one:

Whip

This was a fun project for me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Free Bullwhip Workshop in Nevada

Free Bullwhip Workshop in Nevada

Looks like there’s a bullwhip workshop tomorrow in Nevada.  Here’s the info from the Nevada Appeal:

Professional bullwhip instructor Doc Durden will share his talent in a free presentation at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, when he will demonstrate the use of whips in both ability and marksmanship.

The term “bullwhip” is unique to the cowboys and buckaroos of the old West. The bullwhip was introduced to the United States by the Spanish Vaqueros. The Spanish, in turn, migrated into Mexico and taught the talent to the ranch hands of the old West. In the latter half of the 20th century, attempts to preserve traditional crafts, along with a resurgence of interest in Western performance arts, led to an increased interest in whip cracking as a hobby, performance art and competitive sport. The motion picture “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” in which the hero uses a bullwhip as both a tool and a weapon, generated increased interest as well.

Saturday’s event offers an opportunity for audience participation and brief instruction. Durden claims a 99 percent success rate in teaching anyone to snap a whip for the first time after 15 minutes of instruction.

Durden at times appears as “Wild Bill Hickok” and uses the bullwhip to enhance his character portrayals. He is also a casting director, producer and videographer who has appeared on the Discovery Channel and HBO, and more. His most recent production, “The Evil Twin,” is a Western filmed in Virginia City.

For more information, go to dangberghomeranch.org

Should be a fun time if you can make it out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Plaiting Soap or Pecards?

Plaiting Soap or Pecards?

A question I get asked a lot about making a whip is whether you should use plaiting soap or if you can use leather dressing like Pecards for plaiting.   To put is simply you can use either for plaiting, however each will have its own advantages and disadvantages.

Leather Dressing

 When using leather dressing for plaiting it’s best for leather that isn’t drum stuffed.  Drum stuffed leather has oils worked into it at the tannery and is already nice and full of all the good stuff that’s in leather dressing.  So if you use it for plaiting you will probably end up with a really greasy whip.

Leather dressing is also more expensive than plaiting soap, so there’s a little bit of an extra cost.

Leather dressing is great to put on layers of a whip that may be dry like a bolster that’s cut from cowhide that isn’t drum stuffed.

Plaiting Soap

plaiting soap Plaiting soap is great for using on all types of leather, however if you are braiding leather that isn’t drum stuffed remember that it doesn’t contribute as much oils to the leather as a leather dressing would.  It’s primarily a lubricant to make plaiting tightly easier.

Plaiting soap is very cheap a giant pot of it will cost you a few bucks.

What Do I Use?

When making whips I personally use a combination of the two. If the leather hasn’t been drum stuffed I give it a hit of leather dressing and let that soak in.  Once the dressing has soaked in I use plaiting soap for the actual braiding.

Hope that helps!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Tianna The Traveller’s Stock Whips

Tianna The Traveller’s Stock Whips

Not too long ago I was  up in Edmonton, AB, Canada doing a show and stopped by a farmer’s market.  I was looking around and heard whips being cracked!  Turns out it Tianna The Traveller cracks a pair of stock whips to build a crowd at the start of her circle show.  Here she is doing an escape where she’s wrapped up in packing straps and gets out:

Tianna the traveller

After the show I had a good time chatting with her and it turns out her stock whips were made by Steve Huntress at Noreast whips.

 

 

stock whip

 

I’ve got a pair of bullwhips that Steve made a long time ago…I think before Noreast Whips had a webpage!  Steve also has a good book on making nylon bullwhips called: How To Make Nylon Bullwhips

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Lace for Bullwhips…

Lace for Bullwhips…

Today I cut out some lace for a pair of bullwhips:

kangaroo for bullwhip

 

This pair of whips is not for an order, they are a just for fun pair of whips.  I made the internal layers as a pair, so these two sets of overlays could be to single colored whips or a pair of two tone whips.   I need to figure out what I want to do soon!

Louie
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Bullwhip Fall Replacement

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

I recently preformed in a show that a buddy of mine also performed in, here he is doing his whip act:

Ruben Barron

I noticed the fall on his whip had gotten really short!

bull whip

So I ran out to my car and quickly changed the fall on his whip.  This is probably the most dressed up I’ve ever been while I worked on a whip!

bull whip

And the whip is back in crackin’ shape!

bullwhip

 

I always keep a fall and a fid in the trunk of my car in case of emergencies!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Kangaroo…

Kangaroo…

After I posted (original post here) about the kangaroo that Tandy LeatherFactory had recently started selling I got this email from Graham Packer Leather in Australia:

When we looked at the Tandy advert – we noticed  that they had described the leather as “Finished Kangaroo Leather”.. This wording is important as I understand that the leather was from an Italian producer.  This producer offers a Glazed Aniline leather – this leaner is produced with a veg retan process and then is lightly finished with Pigment.  The leather is made for really footwear.

You say that you will soak the leather in grease to soften it.

In reality – it will never feel like the Drum Stuffed whip leather that you normally use.

Your  comment are correct as to its origin and possible processing.

If you don’t know Packer makes what is in my opinion the best drum stuffed kangaroo you can get for whip making!

I agree with Graham’s assessment of the leather that Tandy is selling, it’s really unsuitable for whip making or braiding in general!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Stock Whip Repair…

Stock Whip Repair…

I recently had a stock whip made by Jim Hurlbutt come in for a fall replacement.  Here’s the whip when it got to me:

jim hurlbutt stock whip

and here’s close up of the fall keeper.  The fall had broken off right at the keeper.

stock whip

The first thing I did was give it a coat of grease as the whip was very dry.   After letting that soak in I put the new fall on and it was back in the mail to its owner in a flash!

stock whip

Jim put an interesting knot on the handle:

stockwhip

I’ve done a whip or two like that, but not very many.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

A couple of weeks ago Andy at my local Tandy Leather Factory mentioned to me that some kangaroo was going to come in soon.  This morning I looked at their website and it appears that they are now selling kangaroo again:

http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/9819-00.aspx

It’s on sale now at $49.99 a skin, so I drove by my local Tandy Leather Factory to check it out.  According to their website it’s veg tanned, but I found out it’s the “Italian” tanned which feels almost like a chrome tan. The flesh side has a suede like texture and they are dry.

I picked up a couple of skins to play with, I’ve currently got them soaking in grease.  We’ll see if I can make them into anything?

Louie
http://bullwhips.org