5 Foot Bullwhip

5 Foot Bullwhip

I just finished a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.

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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!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

 

Signal Whip – Cracker Replacment

Signal Whip – Cracker Replacment

I just had a couple of signal whips (aka Single Tail Whips) come in for new crackers.

Single Tail Whip

Single Tail Whip

And here they are with the new crackers:

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After putting the new crackers on these whips I have the urge to make a signal whip…it’s been a while since I’ve made one.

If you’ve got a whip that needs a new braided cracker, fall replacement or repair, you can get more info on getting it fixed/replaced it on my whip repairs page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

More Kangaroo!

More Kangaroo!

I’ve been very busy lately, and yesterday ran up to David Morgan bullwhips to pick up another kangaroo skin.

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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!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

6 Foot Bullwhip

6 Foot Bullwhip

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.

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Here’s the finished bullwhip:

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bullwhip

This bullwhip is now in the mail on its way to its new owner!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

This morning I’m shipping out a 4 plait leather (cow) to  it’s new owner:

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These whips will do all the basic cracks and the 4 plait overlay is much more durable than a finer 16 plait bullwhip.

I’ve got one more of these Beginner’s Bullwhips in stock and they’re a great intro to whip cracking!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

From the Mail Bag…

From the Mail Bag…

I recently got an email from someone asking about nylon whips.  Now if they are a reader of this blog they know I’m not a nylon whip maker, however I have made a few nylon whips.  Here’s what they asked:

“what do you use for your bolster material in the paracord whips? I hear that using tape is not the correct method?”

The few nylon whips that I have made I didn’t use tape.  There are a couple reasons for that.  First over time the tape can loose its stickiness so it don’t actually hold tight.  I think a lot of people use tape because it temporarily will hold a whip tight, however once you years get down the road I don’t know how effective it will be.  Second is that tape doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the whip.  If you were to use tape to add taper or weight you’ll be adding an insane amount of tape.

Keep in mind I’m now a nylon whip maker, so there may be ways to overcome both of these problems with tape (using tape).

The few nylon whips that I’ve made were made with bolsters, however they were vinyl bolsters that were cut like a traditional leather bolster to add taper to the whip.  They turned out just fine with this method.  I’m trying to figure out why more nylon makers don’t use this technique, it’s way faster than taping a whip and gives you some control of the taper.  My best guess is that it’s either that a sheet of vinyl can be expensive, so it’s a cost thing.  Or many nylon whip makers aren’t that well versed in whip making techniques and are scared to make a traditional bolster.

However in my opinion at the end of the day there is no one right way to make a whip.  If it makes a whip that cracks like the maker intends it to and it lasts for what the maker intends to be the life expectancy of the whip, then that way is correct for that person.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Pair of whips

Pair of whips

One of the projects I’m using the 70 dm kangaroo skin for is a pair of 5 foot bullwhips. Here are the two bellies cut out:

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These whips are built on a spring steel handle foundation, and will have a very slim profile to them.

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Internally they have a core, plaited belly and two bolsters. The picture below shows the outer bolster attached:

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In the picture above you can also see the knot foundations at the base of the handles.

I had to cut out the bellies for these two whips before getting to work on a third whip where I already have the insides made.  I needed to use up some of the outside of the kangaroo skin on the bellies, so that the overlay for the third whip didn’t use the stretchy skin.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org