Kangaroo Skin…

Kangaroo Skin…

I’m starting work on an 8 foot, 12 plait bullwhip. It’s going to be made with whiskey colored veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo. I ran up to David Morgan this morning and picked up this skin.

One great thing about buying my kangaroo skins from them is they always have great skins. Right now with the current COVID restrictions is that while I couldn’t go in to pick out my own skin, the crew there knows what a whip maker wants in a skin.

The largest they had was a 58 dm skin and for an 8 foot whip, ideally I’d have at least a 65dm skin. That means that I’ll have to cut up a leftover kangaroo center for one of the bellies. I really hate wasting prime kangaroo skin on a belly, but sometimes that’s what has to happen.

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a bullwhip that came in to be fixed:

bullwhip

Based on the picture that I was sent before the whip was shipping to me, I thought I was going have to just put a fall hitch at the break. When the whip arrived and I got a closer look at it, I saw there was another option.

Here’s a close up of the point of the whip that broke off:

bullwhip repair

You’ll notice the last foot of the whip was added onto the whip just past the break. Now there was another option, to unbraid the point and rebraid it before the break.

Broken bullwhip

If you look in the picture above, you’ll notice that the original point was basically a piece of latigo. This was an interesting way to make it. I guess the idea was to have the last braided foot of the whip replaceable.

The goal was to use the same leather, but unfortunately it was too brittle. I redid the point in kangaroo:

bullwhip repair

And here’s the fixed whip:

bullwhip repair

It’s going to head back to it’s owner in the morning!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhips For Sale!

Bullwhips For Sale!

Right now I have more whips in stock that I think I ever have!

bullwhips

It’s because I had a lot of pretty big kangaroo skin “centers” and wanted to use them up. That’s also why most of these whips are in the 4-5 foot range is that I could easily make them from the centers.

Right now I have one center left in natural tan. I’m thinking I’m going to make signal whip out of it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Handles…

Bullwhip Handles…

Once the plaiting was finished on the overlay of the whips, I needed to put the handle foundations on:

Once the knot foundations were finished, I put the knots on them:

For fun I put a different style knot one the bottom of each handle. For the transition knots, I matched the knot style:

These still need to be rolled and have shellac put on them. I’ll list them for sale on my IN STOCK whips page soon.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org