Currently I’m finishing up using a side of leather I bought for a custom project. Earlier I made three bullwhips that were five and a half feet. What was left of the leather was enough to make a seven foot bullwhip. I’ve got all of the leather cut out and the belly finished:
Hopefully I’ll have time to finish this bullwhip by Monday!
Yesterday I started work on a snake whip that will have a sewn leather cover. This type of covering on a snake whip was more common a long time ago and has fallen out of fashion. I think the main reason it’s less common is that sewing the cover take a lot of time for not a lot of functional benefit.
I’ve got the insides of the whip finished and working on the plaited layer that will stick out from under the sewn cover right now. The whip is going to be 4 plait for most of its length, then it will transition into a 12 plait. Here’s the lace:
What I did was cut 4 strands as if this was going to be a 4 plait whip. Then at about where I wanted them to transition to a 12 plait, I simply cut each strand into three strands, giving me 12 strands. Here’s a close up of the 4 plait to 12 plait on the lace:
When braiding there will be some more adjustment needed, but it’s way easier to cut most of it now than when it’s on the whip.
I’m back in town and working on a pair of signal whips (aka single tail whips). These are 12 plait in Kangaroo.
When I get to the plaited crackers, these are going to have a loop at the end so that the crackers can be changed easily. Personally I’m torn on which is better a plaited cracker that’s part of the whip or a replaceable one. I think that a cracker that’s part of the whip makes a better whip. However does that benefit outweigh being able to easily change the cracker instead of having to mail it to someone to do that?
In the end if you can’t redo the cracker, then it’s worth having the loop at the end of the whip.