Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

Bullwhip in the news…

September 28th, 2014

I found a reference in a Police Blotter to someone using a bullwhip:

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I kinda wish there was  more information.  They way  it’s written the person cracking the whip could have been in front of the callers house or in front of the whip crackers own house (i.e. they were neighbors).  I’m curious how it all played out, because in most cities there’s nothing illegal if you are cracking a whip in your own yard, or in a public space.  I wonder what history between the two people there was??

Louie
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Bullwhip Tricks

September 23rd, 2014

Adam Winrich just made a neat little video with some bullwhip tricks:

I got a nice shout out for how I do the Egg and Cup Trick.  From what I’ve heard I was the first person to a figure out how do the Egg and Cup Trick with a bullwhip.  Traditionally this trick uses a tray and cups, not playing cards and a whip.  When it’s set up the traditional way you can’t properly hit the tray with a whip.  Ricky Jay popularized using a playing card to sit over the mouth of the cup which changes where you need to target for making this a trick possible with a thrown object, Ricky Jay does it with a thrown playing card.  When I saw Ricky Jay do it, I immediately realized that his set up would translate to a bullwhip. Here’s the quick video I made about 4 years ago:

Here’s Ricky Jay doing it:

I love unusual whip tricks and Adam does an awesome job with them!

Louie
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8 foot bullwhip Test Cracking

September 23rd, 2014

I  had a chance to take the 8 foot bullwhip to the park and give it a few cracks:

It’s now in the mail on its way to its new owner!

Louie
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8 Foot Bullwhip

September 22nd, 2014

I’ve got all the parts on the 8 foot bullwhip, I just need to do a couple of “finishing” things before it can ship out.

bull whip

 

I also still need to take it to the park and swing it around a bit to make sure it works properly.

Louie
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Finished Overlay

September 21st, 2014

Last night I finished the overlay of this 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip, and I also got the top knot and wrist loop on:
bullwhip

I still need to put the heel knot on, roll it and shellac it.

Louie
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Bull Whip Overlay…

September 20th, 2014

I’ve gotten some work in on the overlay of this 8 foot bullwhip:

Indiana Jones Bullwhip

I’m about at the 6 foot mark, so I’ve got another about 2 feet to go before the overlay’s plaiting is finished.  I’m hoping to get the overlay done today and get the rest of the lace for the knots and wrist loop cut out.

Louie
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8 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

September 19th, 2014

I got a little bit more work in on this 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  I finished the outer belly, bolster and attached the lead to the handle.

bullwhip

 

I also got the overlay cut out and all the strands prep’d for plaiting.

 

 

 

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For this my strand prep consists of: Stretching, paring and splitting.  When I split my strands I generally try to even them out, not thin them down.  There’s a big difference between evening them and thinning them.  When I even them out I try to bring cut off the high spots on the lace.  For example typcially there will be spots on a piece of lace that doesn’t get thinned down because it’s a low spot.  When you thin down you are cutting the entire piece of lace to a specific thickness.  There are times when you want to thin down, but for an Indy bullwhip I like the thicker look on the lace.

Louie
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8 Foot Bullwhip

September 18th, 2014

I’m currently working on an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip.  So far I’ve got the inner belly finished…

plaited belly

…and the inner bolster finished.

bullwhip bolster

Next up will be to do the outer belly and bolster.  I’ve already got them cut out, so it should be pretty quick to get them on the whip.

Louie
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Quick Visit To David Morgan…

September 17th, 2014

I was working on making some cheapo  4 plait cowhide bullwhips when an order for an 8 foot Indy style bullwhip came in.  The 4 plait bullwhips were put on hold and I made the drive up to David Morgan to pick up a kangaroo skin for the bullwhip. What I love about being so close to them is that I can dig through their skins to find what I need for the project.  I picked up this heavy 70 dm2 kangaroo skin:

kangaroo skin

If you haven’t ever gotten a kangaroo skin from David Morgan and you make Indy Style Bullwhips you really should give them a call and order one of the Heavy Kangaroo Skins for the overlay of the whip.  I think the thick skin really contributes to the look of  the whip!

Here are a couple of the other sights from my quick visit:

David Morgan

david morgan

I had a great time chatting with Alex and Will, and unfortunately I was in a rush so I really didn’t get to chat with Meagan.  I’m very fortunate to  live so close to their shop, they’ve been a great help to me!

Louie
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Cowhide Bullwhips…

September 15th, 2014

The other day I had some time to kill and ended up buying a side of cow leather, so I’m making some cowhide bullwhips.  I’ve got the cores greased up and attached to the handle foundations:

bull whip cores
Next up I need to cut out the bellies, I still haven’t decided if I’m going to make them 4, 8, or 12 plait overlays yet.

One thing about making these cheaper cowhide bullwhips is that I need to make them in batches of more than  just one to cut down on the time it takes to make them.  For example cutting out three bellies at one time is much faster than cutting out three bellies at three different times.

Louie
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