Jacka transition…

Jacka transition…

My current project is making some progress.  I’m trying to make a bullwhip with a handle to thong transition like Jacka does.  Here are some pictures of how I made the transition:

Here are some of the bullwhips guts:

Jacka style indiana jones indy bullwhip

Here’s the first belly after plaiting it:

Jacka style indiana jones indy bullwhip

Then I bound the transition out about 4 inches.  I used a wider, but flat artifical sinew:

Jacka style indiana jones indy bullwhip

Every layer I bound it a bit farther up the thong, so by the end the bullwhip was bound about 10 inches into the thong:

Jacka style indiana jones indy bullwhip

I’m about 1/2 way through plaiting the overlay in this bullwhip.  It hopefully will get done by monday, but we’ll see. 

Louie

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Black Bullwhip

Black Bullwhip

Yesterday I finished the 6 foot black bullwhip. This has a different construction than I normally use for a 6 foot whip, so it’s a bit lighter than my normal bullwhips.  I test cracked it today and it cracks fine.

Here are some pictures of it being plaited:

Bullwhip for sale

bullwhips in kangaroo for sale

bullwhip black kangaroo

And here’s the finished whip:

6 foot bullwhip for sale

bullwhips for whip cracking

This bullwhip is on ebay right now with a BUY IT NOW at $147.97…click the link below to get a sweet deal on this whip!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220206188099

Louie

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Black Bullwhip

Black Bullwhip

After a long wait I had a new shipment of Kangaroo skins finally arrive.  I had 2 black, 2 whisky and a brandy colored hide show up.  One of the black hides is for the 6 foot whip I’m making now and the brandy and whiskey colored ones are for a couple of Indy IV-esque whips I’m going to make (when I have time). 

Here are pictures of the 6 foot Black whip that I’m making right now:

Here’s the hide (untrimmed)

kangaroo hide

Then I cut out the core and bolsters. 

cowhide bolsters

and then I trimmed the hide.  You can see in the picture that I’m going to start my yoke from the bottom left side of the hide going across the bottom tail section.  I used to start from the bottom left and go up towards the neck of the hide.  That is how Morgan taught me to cut the hides, but I’m trying cutting them across the bottom based on a conversation I had with another whipmaker. 

Kangaroo hide  for whips

then I cut out the sets for the plaited layers

plaited kangaroo bullwhip belly and 12 plait overlay

Last night I stretched and pared the strands.  I still need to split the belly,  grease the strands and boslters, assemble and roll the whip and finally shellac it!  It’s got a long way to go, but hopefully it will be finished monday or tuesday.

Oh, I forgot to mention I’m doing something new when I make my butt knots (thanks Franco) that really makes them smooth.  I’ll post before and after pictures of the knot on this whip when I get to it.

Louie

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Rebuilding Morgan and More…

Rebuilding Morgan and More…

I’ve almost finished putting my Morgan bullwhip back together.  All that is left to do is put the knots and fall hitch back on. 

david morgan bullwhip

Also my office has been changed a bit, so it’s a bit easier for me to braid now, but I can’t use a vise anymore.  Now I’m braiding from a hook and I’m still getting used to the hook, but I’m also starting to like it. 

Louie’s bullwhip making area

I’m using the cavas drop cloth to keep all the grease and leather bits off the floor and wall.  I got that idea from talking with Paul Nolan.

Also I’m almost finished making a “pocket bullwhip”.  It’s a 4 foot bullwhip with a 6 inch handle.  I’ve shot loaded the thong and I’m not sure how this will turn out, but it’s a fun experiment. 

pocket bullwhip 4 foot 12 plait in kangaroo hide

I used masking tape to seal the shot bag, I heard somewhere that is what morgan uses (but I’m not positive). 

pocket bullwhip 4 foot 12 plait in kangaroo hide

After I the edges were taped and I filled it, I gave it a wrap with artificial sinew and I that seems to be holding the bag together pretty well.

pocket bullwhip 4 foot 12 plait in kangaroo hide

Then I did a 4 plait belly in kangaroo and added a cowhide bolster.

pocket bullwhip 4 foot 12 plait in kangaroo hide

the overlay is two tone kangaroo and is very irregular.  It’s 7 red strands and 5 black strands. This whip is made from leftover kangaroo hides. after using a hide for a bullwhip, you are left with pieces of kangaroo that aren’t enough for a complete layer of a bullwhip.  So I combined several leftover pieces to make this pocket bullwhip.

pocket bullwhip 4 foot 12 plait in kangaroo hide

I should finish it sometime today or tomorrow.

Louie

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“Real Cowboys” Use Crappy Bullwhips!

“Real Cowboys” Use Crappy Bullwhips!

Yesterday my wife, daughter and I left the house to run a quick errand and it ended being gone all day. Our first detour ended at the Cougar Mountain Zoo, which is a small zoo, but a great zoo! Then we ended up having lunch and driving about 2 hours to Ellensburg, WA.  It’s a small town in the middle of Washington State. 

We were just driving with no real plan and when we got into Ellensburg they were having thier “Spirit of the West” festival.  Once we got out of the car were heard loud pops and my wife looks at me and says, “lucky you, I hear whips”.

The “cowboys” cracking whips were 3 older guys and one 13 or 14 year old.  Pretty much all they were doing was a wierd version of the flick.  At the end of the flick, they cut the whip in a “U” shape then followed through over thier heads. They also did some overhead cracks.  One guy was showing off with two whips alternating overhead cracks. 

The bullwhips they had were cowhide and very limp and loose.  They looked like the swivel handle whips from Western Stage Props and there was one of the nylon Floirda whips as well. 

I asked if I could crack one and they offered me his hat as well so that I wouldn’t hit my ears.  I declined the hat and took his whip and started cracking.  These whips were soo limp there wasn’t much that I could easily do with them.  My limited cracking got the “cowboys” attention, I could do some figure 8’s and things like that. 

Supposedly these people were real cowboys, I don’t know for sure. 

Cracking thier bullwhips taught me a lot, like how good the bullwhip I make are compared to the Latigo bullwhips they were using.  Also how important it is to move the weight out in the thong.  The “cowboys” really needed to muscle thier whips to get the energy to make it crack.  Where the kangaroo whip that I make have the weight going way out into the thong and it carries energy to the cracker very much better.  With the whips that I make it doesn’t take much effort at all to get a good crack.

Another thing I noticed was that several of the guys had a very stiff cracker on thier bullwhips.  I’ve never really used a cracker that was rigid before, and I imagine that also contributed to having to put soo much power into it to get it to crack. Going from a very limp thong to a rigid cracker doesn’t seem like the ideal way to tranfers energy and the motion of the thong needed to propel the whip to break the sound barried.

All that said, cracking those sh*tty bullwhips gave me a chance to see why the bullwhips I make are made the way they are.  It was clear why a braided belly is important…and how everything should continue the taper.  Like these whips had the “texas” style fall.  So the whip tapers to the fall hitch, but then gets wider at the fall, which is flexible the rigid cracker and how at each transition it loses the energy traveling down the fall. 

Louie

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Whips on Ebay

Whips on Ebay

Right now I’m downsizing the collection of whips that I’ve made and currently have 4 whips on ebay.  One snakewhip, two single tail / signal whips and one indy bullwhip.  You can view the auctions at:

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZbullwhipsQ5forgQQfrppZ50QQfsopZ1QQfsooZ1QQrdZ0

Also here are some pictures of whips that I don’t think I’ve posted yet:

First is an 8 plait shot loaded signal whip (single tail):

single tail / signal whip

single tail / signal whip

 Here’s a snakewhip, I hand dyed it and it’s 3 and a half feet long:

4 foot snake wip

Another single tail / signal whip, 8 plait 4 feet long:

single tail / signal whip

Finally here’s an Indy whip:

Kangaroo indiana jones whip

12 plait kangaroo bullwhip 6 feet

That’s all that’s on my camera right now.  I’ll try to remember to take some pictures of my 6 foot long handled whip that’s in progres sometime today.

Louie

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Osborne Splitter

Osborne Splitter

In early December another whipmaker tipped me off to a sale on an Osborne #86 splitter.  At that time I had a piece of sh*t tandy splitter. The problem with the Tandy splitter was the drum was centered and so it split the leather in waves, not a straight line.  However I got a very sweet deal on that splitter (new) and sold it for more than I paid for it…and I rolled money into the Osborne Splitter. 

I ordered the Osborne Splitter in early December and right now it’s February and the splitter arrived about a week ago.  I’m not complaining about the time it took for me to get it (I saved over 50%!), but this is a million times easier to use than the Tandy one.  If you are thinking of getting a splitter, don’t get the Tandy one.

bullwhip kangaroo hide splitter - osborne 86

Anyway I split my first two sets of bellies and this splitting machine worked like a dream. I don’t know how much it will effect the final whip, but every little bit helps. 

My current project is a 6 foot bullwhip with a 12 inch handle. This bullwhip will have a red kangaroo overlay.  After that my next project is an experimental (aren’t all of mine) bullwhip, this project will be nicknamed the “Maxwell”. 

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Rare Moment…

Rare Moment…

Right now I have no unfinished bullwhips projects!  I have my next project planned, but I don’t have any whips that are half done.  So I don’t feel like I have anything undone. 

Currently I’m filling up my summer performing schedule with fairs and festivals.  there are a fun venue and most of them I have room to crack my 6 foot bullwhips, where indoors in the comedy clubs I’m limited to a 4 foot bullwhip.

Louie Foxx festival entertainer - lasso bullwhips magic

Louie

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