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.
I’m still working on the 9 stock whips for part of a larger order. I’m out of town right now performing my show at a fair, so that means I’m doing more work in a hotel.
This week I drove instead of flying on a plane, so I brought a vise along withe me to clap onto the desk. That made some of the work a little bit easier.
I also brought a small vacuum which made the clean up much easier.
I still need to do about half of the handles and two lashes before this order is finished. I am one skin shy of what I need to finish this order, so that means I’ll have another trip up to David Morgan today or tomorrow to pick one up!
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.
The plastic sheeting is very cheap and did an excellent job collecting all the scraps!
The nice thing about it is that I can reuse the sheet!