Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a swivel handle bullwhip that came in for a repair:

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The knot had come off and the lash had started coming apart from the handle end.

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My plan was slide the knot off the handle, replait it the lash, slide the knot back on and tighten it. However as I tried to slide the knot off, I got stuck and I noted some wire inside it:

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It turns out this wire was originally what held the strands for the lash in place and what had failed in the whip. The knot and wire hand slipped off the plaiting.

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The I undid the wire and used it to rewrap the strands once I replaited the lash.  I also wrapped it with artificial sinew to make sure it holds longer.  Unfortunately for me I had to completely retie the knot, however it ended up looking better than the knot that was on there before.

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I just gave the whip a crack in my living room and was amazed it’s got a nice little crack to it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

8 Foot Bullwhip – in progress

8 Foot Bullwhip – in progress

The whip that I’m making out of the kangaroo skin I bought at David Morgan last week is going to be an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip. Here’s the inner belly and inner bolster finished and attached to the handle:

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All the plaited bellies I use are 4 plait bellies and the one below is the outer belly:

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Below is the lead that will weight the handle and add some “in the hand” weight to the whip.  I put this on after the final belly:

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Getting the internal layers is the faster part of making the whip.  The time consuming part is cutting out the overlay, doing the strand prep and plaiting it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Buying Kangaroo

Buying Kangaroo

I’m very fortunate to live in the Seattle area where I’m very close to David Morgan.  Whenever I need to buy kangaroo leather I can simply drive up there and dig through what they have in stock and pick up what I need!

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Everyone up there is awesome and very helpful.  One of the nice things about buying kangaroo from a whip maker that you know is they don’t sell you bad skins.  I’ve ordered kangaroo from leather supply places and gotten skins that were horribly scarred, strangely shaped or a size that wasn’t ideal for the project.

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This 64dm veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skin is for an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip that’s going to end up in a stunt show at a theme park in Germany:

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Kit

Stock Whip Kit

I just finished packing up a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit:

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These are a great way to learn to braid a whip, without the time commitment of learning to cut and pare leather. I’ve got a few more cane stocks left, once they are gone, I’m considering discontinuing the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit.  They take a lot of time to  pack everything up and I don’t make enough of  them to justify the time commitment…or maybe I’ll just raise the cost.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip in the News…

Bullwhip in the News…

This story popped though my news feed:

A judge sent a 57-year-old Lincoln man to jail for six months Thursday for assaulting a woman with a 10-foot bullwhip.

Clay Zimmerman pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He originally faced a felony.

In court records, Lincoln police say the 39-year-old woman told them that during an argument on July 22, Zimmerman grabbed a 10-foot bullwhip and hit her once with it, striking her forearm, shoulder and the right side of her face, which resulted in mild bruising.

Zimmerman was intoxicated at the time, according to the woman’s attorney.

by Lori Pilger – Lincoln County Journal

What this tells me is that a bullwhip is not an effective weapon.  The result of one swing was “mild bruising” which is probably less severe than a hard punch…of if he choose to hit her with a more common household object like a frying pan or hammer.

Now before you post comments that a bullwhip “In the right hands is an effective weapon” consider that a frying pan or a piece of rope in the right hands is a very effective weapon.  Unlike something like a baseball bat, gun or knife it’s not easy to make a bullwhip into a useful weapon.  The general public can’t just pick it up and have it work (how it’s intended to work).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Blackjack Repair

Blackjack Repair

Recently I did a repair on a antique blackjack that had a broken wrist loop.  Here’s how it looked initially:

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Here’s a slightly closer up of the blackjack itself:

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First thing I had to do was undo the knot:

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Under the wrist loop there weren’t really any surprises, initially.   What I did find interesting under the string was that the wrist loop was tacked to the spring foundation of the blackjack.  It was just nailed inbetween the coils of the springs.  I would have figured the texture of the spring and the binding with string would have held it fairly securely.  Then thinking about this probably hanging from a policeman’s wrist or belt while they are running around all day those little tacks probably gave a bit of extra security!

Once the spring was taken off what was left was the bare spring foundation.

black jack

I’ll post some pictures of the finished repair soon.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

Every now and then when I have some time and enough leftover kangaroo I make a mini bullwhip.  Here’s one I made a few months ago:

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It measures approx 14 inches excluding the fall and cracker and has an 8 plait kangaroo overlay.  I’ve gotten little cracks out of it, but it’s primarily a display piece.

Normally these start at $75, however I just listed this one at $50 on my IN STOCK page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org