Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

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:

http://www.tandyleather.com/en-usd/search/searchresults/9819-00.aspx

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?

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Snake Whip – Fall Replacment

Snake Whip – Fall Replacment

I recently had a snake whip come in for a fall replacement.  The owner said it was around 20 years old.  Here’s what the snake whip looked like when it got to me:

snake whip

The first step to replacing a fall is sliding the new fall over the point of the whip:

snake whip

Then carefully cutting the end of the old fall and pulling it off the whip:

snake whip

The point of the new fall is slipped into the fall hitch:

snake whip

Tighten up the fall hitch, put a cracker on the new fall an you’re back in business!
snake whip

 

This snake whip had a great crack with its new fall!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

From the Mail Bag…

From the Mail Bag…

I just got an email from someone that said:

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.
Thank You

Here’s the rounder that I own:

rein Rounder

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:
http://www.weaverleathersupply.com/Catalog/ItemContent.aspx?ItemNumber=9107
http://brucejohnsonleather.com/leather-tools-sale/leather-bench-machines-sale

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.

Bullwhip making

There’s a good description of board rolling in Ron Edward’s book How To Make Whips.

Hope that helps!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

5 Foot Bullwhip

5 Foot Bullwhip

I just finished a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.

whip

 

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:

Single Tail Whip Single Tail Whip

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.

bullwhip leather

 

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.

bullwhip

Here’s the finished bullwhip:

bullwhip

bullwhip

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

Louie
http://bullwhips.org