8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

My current project is an 8 foot bullwhip.  Here’s the core attached to the handle:

bullwhip

This whip is going to be a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip, so nothing fancy, just a working whip.

I use a “doubled” core, I first learned about doing this to my core from David Morgan’s book Whips and Whip Making:

This is a great book, if you don’t have it and want to make whips you need to have it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Riding Crop

Riding Crop

I recently had an order come in for a 24 plait riding crop in brown kangaroo.  Here’s the riding crop before a coat of shellac:
Riding Crop
And after a coat of shellac:

riding crop

Here’s a close up of some of the plaiting:

riding crop

The core of this riding crop is cane that was wrapped in rawhide.  Next up is making an 8 foot 4 plait cowhide bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I ran into a guy that had a bullwhip that needed a new fall hitch.  I retied it for him on the stop, he was more than thankful!  I didn’t think to take a pic of it before the new fall hitch or after, but I did take one in the middle of putting a new one on

bullwhip

If you need a whip repair, fall replacement or new braided cracker you can get more info about those services here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Crackers!

Crackers!

I feel like I’m always out of falls and crackers…and I usually need to make them.  I think I feel like if I make a couple dozen I should be good for a year…when in reality that’s only going to last me a week or two before I have to make more.

I just made a few dozen the other day and these are already gone.

crackers whip poppers

I’m going to have to make another batch in the next couple of days.  If you need any you can get them here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Repairs

Stock Whip Repairs

Recently I have two stock whips come in for a repair.

stock whip repair

The first whip needed a new keeper:

stock whip repair
stock whip repair

The first step in replacing the keeper was cutting off the old one:
stock whip repair

Then I put a new keeper on, and it’s good to go:
stock whip repair

The second stock whip needed a keeper and a fall.  I started with replacing the keeper:

stock whip repair
So I cut off the old one:
stock whip repair
And put an new one on:
stock whip repair
While I was putting the lash onto the handle, I noticed the lash’s keeper was torn pretty bad:
stock whip repair
I called the owner and we talked about a couple of options and we decided to sew around the tear to add strength to the whip:

stock whip repair

And the whip is now back in crackin’ shape!
stock whip repair
These are in the mail back to their new owner.

If you’ve got a whip that needs a repair, feel free to contact me and we can chat about fixing it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org