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:
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?
I am trying to find a leather rounder used to round hand made leather handles and Bull whips,
do you sale these or can you direct to where I can get one.
Here’s the rounder that I own:
I got this one on ebay years ago and at that time there was only one person I could find that was making them and they were really expensive! If I’m remembering right I got an awesome deal on this one.
What a rounder does is it makes leather round as you pull it through it. Here’s a quick video:
As for using a leather rounder to make a bullwhip there’s some good news and some bad news…
So the good news is that several places sell them:
The bad news is that these are usually designed for making reins and not bullwhips. So if you are trying to find one that you can round a bullwhip handle with, then you’ll probably have to pay a ton to have someone custom make you one.
The good news is to round a bullwhip handle all you need is a flat piece of wood and board (like a short 2 X 2) and you put the whip in between and roll it back and forth. You can throw a piece of butcher paper over the boards to keep the whip clean while you do this.
The knot used at the end of the handle of this bullwhip is a slightly longer knot than I normally use on a bullwhip. I was playing around with the knot and think the longer knot looks good…what do you think?
If you’re interested in this bullwhip, I just added it to my IN STOCK whips page. Up next for me is to finish up a budget bullwhip and a cat o’ nine tails that have been sitting on my hook forever waiting to be finished!
One of the very cool things living so close to David Morgan is that I don’t need to keep a huge stock of kangaroo. I can go up and pick through their stock and find the exact skin I need! It’s pretty awesome!
Yesterday I finished a 6 foot bullwhip. This whip has a two belly and two bolster internal construction built off a 12 inch spring steel handle. In the picture below you can see the strip of lead that ‘s going to go one the handle to give it some “in the hand” weight.
Here’s the finished bullwhip:
This bullwhip is now in the mail on its way to its new owner!