Making a “matched pair” of bullwhips is a bit of a challenge. I’m trying to keep the taper the same and drop strands at the same place.
What makes this hard is that each strand can be different, so where I drop strands on the first whip may not be the right place to drop on the 2nd Bull whip.
With a bit of luck, I’ll be able to finish the 12 plait overlay on the 2nd whip and get the knots put on tonight…then tomorrow it’s crackin’ time.
Yesterday I tried cracking the 1st half of the pair of whips with one of the 6 foot indy style whips that I have made. It was interesting to see how both hands work together. With two whips of different weights and handle lengths it was easier than I thought, but still a challenge..
Here’s a picture (not the best pic) of the bullwhip in progress.
The pic is sideways, but you can see how straight the seam is.
I’m just over 4 feet into a 6 foot 12 plait kangaroo bullwhip. this whip is the 2nd half of a pair of bullwhips. One of the strand drops looks kinda funky, but I think it will clear up when I give it a board rolling.
Today is an easy work day for me, only one show in the morning…but I have a lot of shipping to do today, so at the very least I will get a bit of whip cracking in at the park, but maybe not a lot of braiding on my bullwhip.
here’s me test cracking half of the pair of bullwhips that I made.
This whip is light, so it’s a bit faster than I thought it would be…I’m going to try it with a heavier fall as well to see if that makes any difference.
Last night I put the knots on one of the Bullwhips that I are going to be a pair of whips. Also I got about half of the 12 plait kangaroo overlay finished on the other bullwhip.
This whip still has some twist in the seam, but it’s much less than the previous two tone whip. the one that I am working on now has even less twist in the seam. That’s the thing that I am working on now, making my seams straighter than Elton John!!
This whip is one of the ones with 4 plaited bellies. Three of the bellies are a thinner kangaroo and the 4th is a thicker kangaroo hide. You can also see in the picture that this is one of the whips that I made with the super thin handle. Not sure if I like it…It looks kinda funny.
So this whip had the black top knot and the saddle tan bottom knot. The other whip in the pair is going to have a black bottom knot and a saddle tan top knot. That way I can tell which is for my right hand and which is for my left.
The fall on this whip is one of the ones that I got from Mike Murphy in Australia.
I’m going to take this to the park later today and I should have some video of it later today.
So far my favorite whip that I have made is a 6 foot bullwhip. This whip is a 12 plait kangaroo hide whip, with 2 plaited kip bellies. This whip was made with two thicker kip bellies and no bolsers that gave it a broken in feel when it was new.
Here’s a video of me cracking this whip:
I’m debating selling this whip simply because I’m making a pair of whips and don’t need that many whips for myself. I’ve thought of selling this whip before and didn’t, I like it too much.
Somehow yesterday I managed to find to to go out and do some cracking of my bullwhips. Also I found time to put the fall on one of the 6 foot bullwhips that I am working on and got some of the overlay of the other 6 foot whip done.
One of the nice things about making my own whips is that it’s much cheaper to make whips than to buy them, so I’m making a pair of whips to start working on two handed cracking…hopefully this will save me some $$.
Here’s a video from a few weeks ago of me test cracking a 4 foot whip that I made:
I’ve been soo busy performing lately I really haven’t had time to work on any of the projects that I’ve got going…and I haven’t had much time to go out and crack my whips either. Today is another day with a full schedule.
With any luck tomorrow I’ll get a chance to do some cracking and plaiting…only two shows tomorrow in the afternoon!
Here’s a quick video of my cracking my 8 foot whip the other day…I stopped because I “blew a popper”.
I finally put the knots on the short bullwhip that’s been almost finished for a couple of weeks. This whip is 3 feet 6 inches from the butt of the handle to the fall hitch.
This whip need some breaking in, it’s pretty stiff.
I think the wrist loop turned out pretty well.
This whip is currently on ebay:
Alright so I think I’m finished going through my phase where I make the handle of my whips much thinner than the thong. Look at the handle of the two tone whip:
For this whip the handle is several layers thinner than the thong, and I think it looks too thin. In the future just one layer is enough to give a slimmer look to the handle. However I need to do the other whip in this “pair” the same way.
Also I may be listing a used 6 foot kangaroo bullwhip that I made and have used a bunch on ebay later this week. I like the whip, but I may be selling it to make room for other whips.