Whip Weight

Whip Weight

Recently I had someone ask me about the weight of  the 3 1/2 foot signal whip that’s currently on my IN STOCK whips page.
I threw it on the scale and weighed it:

signal whip

It came in at 9 ounces, which feels good when cracking it.

So that I had something to compare it to, I weighed a 6 foot bullwhip:

12 plait bullwhip

It came in at 15.4 ounces.

Proportionally the signal whip is much heavier than the bullwhip, which is something you want in a signal whip.

Louie
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4 Foot Stock Whip

4 Foot Stock Whip

I was cleaning out my closet and found a bunch of whips that I made a long time ago and for whatever reason never listed them for sale.  I’ll be listing them for sale on my IN STOCK whips page as I have time.  Here’ the first one, it’s a 4 foot stock whip.

stock whip for sale

This whip has a 12 plait handle and lash.  I just gave it a few cracks and it’s got a nice crack to it.  Since I had forgotten I had this whip, I’m offering an amazing deal on this whip. Check it out on my IN STOCK whips page!

Louie

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6 Foot Bullwhip Progress

6 Foot Bullwhip Progress

I’ve finished all of the internal layers of this bullwhip and have the overlay cut out.

Here’s the core with four plait belly attached:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the inner belly braided:

how to make a bullwhip

Then I put on another bolster and braided a second 4 plait belly.  On top of the second belly goes a second bolster:
bullwhip plaited belly

Then I cut out the 8 plait overlay:

8 PLAIT KANGAROO

This whip should be finished tomorrow and ready to ship out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

6 Foot Bullwhip

6 Foot Bullwhip

I started work on a 6 foot bullwhip.  This will will have an 8 plait overlay.  I went up to David Morgan and picked up a 58 dm kangaroo skin for this:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the skin trimmed and the core cut out:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the inner belly cut out:

how to make a bullwhip

Today I should be able to get the inner layers of this bullwhip completed.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Plaited Kangaroo Apple Watch Band

Plaited Kangaroo Apple Watch Band

Now for the actual making of the Apple Watch band.  The first step was to get some connectors to attach the watch face to the watch band.  I got these on Amazon:
apple watch connector

The watch band buckle came from a local leather shop.

I cut out the flat part and did the edge braiding.  The flat part is actually two pieces of kangaroo skin, they are glued together on the flesh side. Then I did the braiding that would make up the actual watch band.  I used the Pyramid pattern I found in a Ron Edwards book called  Little Snake:

All of the Ron Edwards books are great, and are worth checking out.

ron edwards plaiting book

Here’s the finished watch:

Plaited kangaroo apple watch band
Plaited kangaroo apple watch band

I like, and I get a lot of compliments on it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making an Apple Watch Band

Making an Apple Watch Band

I got an Apple Watch recently and I don’t like the band it comes with, so I decided I’m going to try to make my own. I remember seeing David Morgan wear a watchband that was kangaroo and I remember seeing it an old David Morgan catalog, but couldn’t find it on their website.

A quick drive up to visit everyone at David Morgan and we found an old catalog that had it listed:

David Morgan Catalog

For some reason I thought they made them in house, but they were imported from Australia.  Not only did they find the catalog for me to look at, they also managed to find a couple of the watch bands!  One was new and one was used:

Here’s the front and back of the used one:
Plaited Leather Watch Band Plaited Leather Watch Band

And here’s the new one:

Plaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch Band
As you can see it’s a pretty simple design.  It’s got the plaited strap, then the flat leather part.  I don’t know the technical name for the leather part that’s not plaited, so I’ll just call it the flat leather part. You can see it’s got some edge plaiting on the flat leather part.  I don’t do a lot of edge plaiting, so I looked it up in Bruce Grant’s book Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding and to my surprise I found the same watch band and the picture was supplied by David Morgan!

Bruce Grant leather book

Will Morgan was nice enough to show me an early edition of the book that Bruce autographed to David Morgan:

Bruce Grant leather book   Bruce Grant leather book

Now that I had my foundation, it was time to make the actual watch band, we’ll get into that in another post.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org