Back Home…

Back Home…

I was away for a few days and it’s good to be home.  From Friday to Sunday I was at a Juggling Convention.  I was selling my bullwhip, performing in the main show and teaching people to crack whips.  I must have taught about 100 people to crack a whip…the  youngest person was about 5 years old!

Today wasn’t raining, so I headed out to the park and was working on a new trick:

After doing that with a 12 plait whip, I’ve decided that I should probably be doing it with a lower plait count bullwhip.  It’s rough on the thong of the whip.  I think I’ll make a 4 plait bullwhip to deal the cards with.  

Louie
P.S. I have some leftover budget bullwhips from  the Juggling Convention and they are available in the IN STOCK whips page.

8 Foot Bullwhip Almost Finished

8 Foot Bullwhip Almost Finished

Yesterday I managed to do a lot of work on this bullwhip.   I started the overlay in the morning:

 

12 plait bullwhip

Then I went to the zoo with my daughter to see the cobras (they had 4 differnt kinds!), and finished the overlay and put on the knot foundations in the afternoon:

 

bullwhips for sale

A bit later in the day I tied the knots:

 

bullwhip

Today I’m going shellac the bullwhip and hopefully have it ready to ship out by the time the mailman arrives. 

Louie

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Bullwhip Progress…

Bullwhip Progress…

Yesterday I got some more work on the 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip.  First I did all the strand preparation; stretching, paring, stretching again, then splitting the strands to an even thickness.  

Here are the strands after they have been prepared for plaiting (they don’t look much different from before I do all the prep):

 

kangaroo strand for making a bullwhip

 

The second round of stretching after paring is something new I’m doing.  David Morgan mentioned it to me when we were talking about the angle of cut while paring.  I think the theory behind the second stretch is after you pare the strand you’ve changed the widths in places and the second stretch will pull the roo differently in places that were thicker…getting more stretch out, and finding any new weak spots before braiding.

Next I attach the core to the handle and braid the inner plaited belly over the bullwhip’s core:

 

Plaited belly (inner)

After the inner plaited belly is finished I add bolster and plait the outer plaited belly over it:

 

 

how to make a bullwhip

Once the second belly is finished its like having a little bullwhip, it’s nice and dense and if I attached a fall it’d probably crack.

 

 

double plaited bullwhip bellies

Next I add the final bolster to the bullwhip:

how to make a bullwhip

And do a bit of work on the butt knot foundation:

 

how to make a bullwhip

The bullwhip is finally ready for me to start work on plaiting the 12 plait overlay.  Up until now a lot of things happen pretty quickly….but the overlay is probably the part of the bullwhip that is the most time consuming, so it won’t look like much at my next update, but hopefully the overlay will be finished. 

Louie
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Starting an 8 foot Indy Bullwhip

Starting an 8 foot Indy Bullwhip

Yesterday I started making an 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.

The first step is to select the hide to use.  I had two veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skins in natural tan.  They were 57dm and a 62dm in size.

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skins

I picked the 62 decimeter size for an 8 foot bullwhip.

kangaroo skin for bullwhip making

After picking the hide, I need to trim off the outer (jagged) edge.

how to make a bullwhip

I always try to save some of the larger pieces of kangaroo that I trim away to use to protect my fingers during the paring phase.

kangaroo hide scrap

Now that the edges are much smoother, I can start cutting out the two bellies.

bullwhip plaited belly sets

After the bellies I cut out the 12 plait overlay for the bullwhip.  I’m cutting the handle a little bit differently than I used to after getting a tip from Paul Nolan.

12 plait bullwhip set cut out

The picture above is of all the plaited layers of the bullwhip (two bellies, 12 plait overlay and 6 plait wristloop).

The next step for me is to pare all the strands and start making the handle and core of the bullwhip.   I should be able to do both of those today!

Louie

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More Budget Bullwhips…

More Budget Bullwhips…

 

I’ve been a plaiting machine lately.  I’m still trying to build up some stock of the Budget Bullwhips to take with me to Oregon in a week and a half.  I finished three of them yesterday.  
Below is the cut out overlays for three 8 foot bullwhips and two 6 foot bullwhips in 4 plait cowhide:
inexpensive bullwhip overlays
Here’s a 6 foot 4 plait cowhide snakewhip I finished a couple of days ago.

6 foot snake whip

This morning my hands and wrists are a bit sore from all the braiding I’ve been doing lately.   The 4 plait overlays really do a number on my hands, I think it’s because it’s a lot harder to grip the wider and thicker cowhide strands.

I need to cut out some bullwhip bellies today to go with the overlays that I have cut out!  Yesterday I was making 8 foot whips, today I think I might try to take it easy and crank out only two 6 foot bullwhips.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Wind Storm and Bullwhips…

Wind Storm and Bullwhips…

Yesterday a little wind storm blew across Western Washington and it knocked over a tree onto some power lines…and that caused the power to go out at my place.  So I didn’t get much bullwhip making done yesterday. 

Here’s the work that I did get in:

 

12 plait kangaroo lace
cut and pared the 12 plait overlay

 

 

bullwhip
Attached the bolsters to the bullwhip handles

I also got some work on the actual plaiting of the overlay as well. Here’s a quick video of how I get started with the bullwhip’s overlay:

 

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Pair of bullwhips…

Pair of bullwhips…

Right now I’m working on a pair of 6 foot 12 plait bullwhips.  Here’s a picture of the two inner plaited bellies:

bullwhip construction

I plait my bellies tightly, that will give the whip a bit more life.  These bellies will strand straight up:

plaited bullwhip belly

And here’s the boslters attached to the handles:

bullwhips

I’ve already plaited the outer belly over the layer shown above, but I haven’t rolled it yet (or taken a picture of it).  At the very least I’m going to cut out and attach the outer bolsters to the bullwhips today.

Today it’s raining out, so I might not leave the house and I may cut out the overlay today as well…maybe…

Louie

http://bullwhips.org