I cut out the two 12 plait overlays for the two 3 1/2 foot signal whips and did all of the lace prep. Unfortunately I’m travelling a bit the next few days, so no work will happen on them until next week.
While I was working on the lace for these whips, I started to wonder if leather was compostable. Turns out that a lot of the leather I normally throw away can be composted. I’m throwing away small bits of it from paring the edges of the lace, so that breaks down pretty easily:
The other thing to consider is how the leather is tanned. I mostly use Veg Tanned leather, which means the the leather is tanned without chemicals and is environmentally friendly. However things like Whitehide which is tanned with chemicals shouldn’t go in the compost bin.
My current project is making two signal whips (aka single tail whips) that will be 3 1/2 feet long. I’m starting with a 74dm kangaroo skin that I picked up at David Morgan:
This is going to be used for the bolsters, and plaiting.
A couple of years ago I started making a snake whip. I finished the overlay, and never put the knot on it. It hung 98% completed on a hook, waiting for a know. This was a whip that I was making out of leftover leather for fun, not for an order, so there Tagswas no rush to finish it.
I finally put the wrist loop and knot on it:
I just listed it for sale on my IN STOCK whips page. Since it’s just been kicking around my show for a long time, I’ve got it listed at a great price!
This morning I’m packing up a 4 foot stock whip and shipping it out to its new owner. This whip is made from kangaroo and has a 12 plait handle and 12 plait lash.
This is a whip I made a long time ago for fun and didn’t list it for sale until a few weeks ago. I’m cleaning up and listing whips that I’ve made for fun over the years, and never used or listed for sale. Keep an eye out on my IN STOCK whips page for some sweet deals!
Recently I was contacted to make a Martinet Whip. I’d never made one of these whips before or knew what they were. You can learn about them by clicking here. Basically it’s a flogger with multiple lashes.
The customer wanted 10 lashes, so I had a plan. I did a six plait braid over a tapered rod, then at the end of the rod, I did a 4 plait section that the six plait when over. That gave me 10 lashes.
However these 10 lashes being kangaroo didn’t have much weight to them, making them ineffective at transferring energy. I didn’t like this. So I tied them off below the rebate in the rod that was the handle.
I took some five latigo strips and thinned them down in the middle. I folded them in half and bound them to the end of the handle. Doing it this way gave me very little bulge at the end where the lashes were attached and also gave the lashes a very firm foundation.
I braided the 12 plait overlay over the top of that and here’s the finished Martinet Whip.
It’s in the mail to its new owner.
Here’s another whip that I forgot I had! It’s a cat of nine tails. I made several of these for a movie, and they had one that they didn’t need, so they let me keep it.
The handle is 18 inches and each of the lashes are 18 inches. I just listed this for sale on my IN STOCK whips page!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
The 8 plait bullwhip has been finished and is in the mail to its new owner. Here are a few pics of it:
This was a fun whip to test crack!
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:
Here’s the inner belly braided:
Then I put on another bolster and braided a second 4 plait belly. On top of the second belly goes a second bolster:
Then I cut out the 8 plait overlay:
This whip should be finished tomorrow and ready to ship out!