As luck would have it I happened to be passing by Los Angeles during the LA Whip Competition last week!
I showed up late, but I was there and it was nice to meet everyone. The count I heard was there were about a hundred people there!
Of course there were whips everywhere
And I ran into a whip I made about 5 years ago!
I have more pictures and video to post, so check back soon!
Today I’m working on a batch of White Hide Bullwhip Falls.
- I don’t think people realize the process that it takes to make falls. For these I don’t just cut them off the side of leather. I have to:
Cut them off the side of leather
- Pare all four corners
- Soak them in grease
- Round them
- Cut the eyelet
- Round them
- Give them another hit of grease
Sometimes I wish I simply just cut them and dropped them in the mail…however I think you get a better product with the slightly more labor intensive process.
Falls are something that I feel like I’m always out of or that I have a dozen White Hide Falls and someone just ordered the Red Latigo which I need to cut more of!
Today in the shop I’m making up a bunch of Nylon Crackers.
This is the time of year where I’m playing catch up and rebuilding my stock of things like this.
I just finished up cutting out the leather for a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit:
Pretty much as soon as I finished that one another order for one of these kits came in, so I’ll be banging out another kit today!
Here’s an email that I recently got:
I was just wondering if you could help me work out what lengths of kangaroo lace i would need to make a whip…is there some kind of formula to work out how many meters needed for a whip of 6 or 8 meters.
The general rule for making a whip is the total length times 1.5 to get what you need to make a whip. However that will vary a bit depending on how hard you pull, angle of the braid, etc. I’ve only made a handful of longer whips (over 12 feet) and always made my lace longer than 1.5 times the length of the finished whip. I didn’t want to get 17 feet into an 18 foot whip and run out of lace.
Another thing to consider is that if you are asking the question as to how much lace to use, I’m betting you are a fairly new whip maker, so I’m going to advise against making a 6 or 8 meter whip as an early project. Make a few shorter whips at 8 feet which or just under 3 meters and you’ll figure out how much lace you need based on how you braid.
Hope that helps,
I finished the two signal whips that I’ve been working on and they are ready to head out to their new owners. The first one is 12 plait and all black:
The second one is 12 plait and black with a little bit of red:
Here are the two whips together:
Now that these two whips are finished, I’m currently all caught up on my orders, so my hook currently is empty. Now is a great time to put in an order if you would like a whip to be delivered by Christmas.
I’m still working on two signal whips, which are frequently referred to as single tail whips. Technically any whip with one lash is a single tail, so that could be a bull whip, stock whip, snake whip, etc. However when someone calls or emails me asking for a single tail whip they’ve always been talking about a signal whip.
Here’s one of them almost finished:
This one just needs the wrist loop and knot put on.
Currently on my plaiting hook are two signal whips. These are both going to be four feet long with 12 plait overlays. I drove up to David Morgan to pick out a kangaroo skin. Here’s the skin I decided to make them out of:
This skin was 58 decimeters, and I thought it would be plenty. I was able to cut out both bellies and overlays, and there’s probably enough left over for either both wrist loops, or one of knots. Hopefully I’ll have enough black scrap kicking around in my scrap bin to finish these whips. Otherwise I’ll have to buy a whole skin for a tiny bit of lace.
I made both of the internal layers that are built with a shotbag, plaited belly and bolster. In the picture below the overlays are cut out, however no strand prep has been done.
Today I’ll get started on the overlays, and hopefully with some luck these whips will be finished on Friday.
I’m starting to get people asking me when my cut off date will be for ordering a whip if they want it to arrive by Christmas. I’m only giving the deadlines for orders that would be shipped in the USA. Outside the USA with all the potential customs delays, etc I’d say order ASAP and hope you get a nice customs agent that processes your package.
For IN STOCK WHIPS or WHIP ACCESSORIES to be delivered by Christmas you’ll have to place your order by the end of the day on 12/20/15.
For any MADE TO ORDER WHIPS the current wait time is about 7 days. That means the order would have to be placed by 12/13/15. However that wait time is subject to change due to how many orders are ahead of you, so if you need it by Christmas please contact me before ordering to confirm that I’ll be able to ship it by the deadline.