Yesterday I started work on an 8 plait bullwhip with the Kip that I got from Bernardo Del Carpio. This bullwhip is made with the following layers: Wear Leather * Core * 4 Plait Belly * Bolster * 8 Plait Overlay
I’m planning to make this bullwhip with the Indiana Jones bullwhip’s look. I’ll do the same knots and put a wrist loop on it. While I was braiding last night I realized it’s been a little while since I’ve made and Indy Bullwhip, so I might make a 12 plait roo Indy bullwhip soon.
Right now I’m about 4 feet into the overlay, and if I can find a bit of time today I might be able to finish it before I head out to Spokane to perform in the city’s First Night Arts Festival.
My impressions of this Kip so far is that it’s far superior to the Kip sold by Tandy. I like the weight and I’d get it again some time in the future.. The one thing that I’d change if I ordered more would be that I’d get probably 5-10 hides instead of two. That way would offset the shipping from Peru a little bit. The cost of two hides plus shipping makes a bit too expensive to order small quantities of it.
Yesterday I had a neat little surprise show up in the mail…two full kip hides! I got these from Bernardo Del Carpio in Peru. He uses these to make 8 plait bullwhips and I’m going to give them a try.
The hides look great and they have a nice shape…no front legs, so that means a little bit less wasted leather.
I’m looking forward to trying out this kip, maybe I’ll start work on an 8 plait bullwhip later today!!
If you are on Facebook, you should become a fan of David Morgan http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bothell-WA/David-Morgan/90959728212. Will Morgan just put up some video of a bullwhip demo that Will, John Leonetti and I did on Sunday. You can see me (try to) do some two handed arrowheads. It’s been very rainy in the Seattle area, so I was a bit rusty!
Every now and then I browse ebay to see what kinds of whips people are selling and how much they are selling for. I found this auction with the headline: 2 All Leather Premium 8′ Bullwhips (to view the auction click here).
Here’s the picture of the whips and the text of the auction:
ALL LEATHER BULLWHIPS ! You get 2 All Leather Premium 8′ Bullwhips !
This package includes two All leather Premium 8′ Bullwhips !
The entire bullwhip is plaited (leather covered).
Here’s my problem with this auction, the line that says, ” The entire bullwhip is plaited (leather covered)“. I have now idea about the quality of the bullwhips (the could be great, they could be crap) my issue is with the ignorance of the seller…Before I go on my little rant, let me say I’m not the smartest person in the world however I try to be as accurate as possible.
How can you take someone seriously that doesn’t know what they are taking about!!! Plaited is another word for braided…not necessarily leather covered. If something has leather plaited over it, then it is leather covered, but just because it has leather over it doesn’t mean it’s plaited!!
If plaited means leather covered…then what the hell is a 12 plait whip??
That’s like having a computer sales man that’s trying to sell you laptop, but is calling it a desktop computer because you can put the laptop on a desk! If that happened you’d probably find another salesperson that knew what they were talking about.
Personally if I was shopping for a whip I’d probably look for a seller that knows what a plait is!
Today I made a 4 plait bullwhip cowhide bullwhip. It’s 8 feet long and has a 10 inch handle.
I’ve modified my plan for these bullwhips a little bit from how I used to make them. Because the overlay’s leather is soo heavy, I don’t need to work very hard at putting weight into the thong , there still is a leather core and leather filler, but no plaited belly. Since I’m not cutting out a belly and plaiting it, it saves a lot of time and work…and I’m passing on the savings! These budget bullwhips that are made with this heavy leather are only $88.88!!
I’ve got enough leather for maybe 10 or 11 more of these bullwhips. I’ve got one more in the same color as the whip above cut out, and then the next 5 will be in a more brown color and the last 5 will be in black.
Tonight I finished a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip, it’s 8 feet long. I haven’t had a chance to test crack it…I finished it about 9pm and my neighbors don’t like it when I crack whips after 8pm.
This bullwhip has a knot that I use a lot on these budget bullwhips. It’s a 5 part 4 bight knot, but it’s not a 3 pass knot. I tie it as a two pass, then I do a pineapple type interweave to make the middle bights three pass and the outer (top and bottom) are two pass.
This bullwhip has an 8 inch lead loaded handle and the knots are kangaroo.
Last February I show’d up at a cowboy event in Ellensburg, WA. It’s called The Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering. I did some whip cracking and had a good time chatting with Bink, the guy doing the whip cracking demo there.
I just looked on the Spirit of the West website and saw that they are doing a whip demo again…but they are using my picture to promote Bink’s bullwhip demo. I’d like to get credit for being on the picture. However they are using my picture without my permission…so I’m going to post the picture without their permission.
I still might show up this year and do some whip cracking, I had a lot of fun shootin’ the sh*t with Bink.
Next on my list of things to make is an 8 foot budget bullwhip made with the heavier cowhide. After making a matched pair of two tone bullwhips, I really don’t want to make the budget one…it feels like a step backwards.
However I have the 4 plait overlay already cut out and pared, so I really don’t have any excuse for not making it. I’ll probably start it tonight and finish it tomorrow.
The matched pair of bullwhips is almost finished. All that’s left is to shellac them.
It’s raining out today, so it doesn’t look like I’ll get a chance to take them to the park. I did give them a couple of cracks in my living room yesterday and they crack well.
Next up in my list of bullwhips to make is an 8 foot budget bullwhip.
Right now I’m about halfway finished with the thongs of the both of the Australian Bullwhips that I’m working on.
I should have time to at least finish the thongs today, and maybe do the knots. Even if I do manage to completely finish these bullwhips, I’m not going to get to try them out, it’s very rainy and wet outside.
Right now I have the handles finished for the matched pair of 12 plait two tone bullwhips. I think this is the first matched pair that I’ve done that have patterns on both handles. I want the patterns to be the same, not just the same pattern, but having the patterns line up if you put the two whips side by side.
I know what you are thinking, if they are the same pattern they shouldn’t they automatically line up? Well yes they should, but there are a lot of factors that can alter the lengths of the patterns. Like stretch in the lace, slight variations in lace width, plaiting angle, etc.
So with that in mind, I plaited about 5 inches of one handle, then plaited the other handle to match that five inches…then continued the second whip handle to the end of the handle. After the second whip handle was finished I went back to the first and plaited it to the end of the handle.
Both of the handles patterns line up pretty well, I’m happy with how these have turned out. Also these don’t have a twist in the handle pattern like the last two tone that I made . With the previous one I worked one color around the handle weaving it through the other color. That’s what gave the pattern a slight twist. With these bullwhips I was working alternating colors and that really helped line them up!
When I decided to make these 12 plait bullwhips instead of 16 plait bullwhips, I was worried because the variety of patterns is less with a 12 plait than a 16 plait. While there’s nothing super crazy in these whip handle’s patterns, I’m happy with the bit of variety in them.
One thing I’ve noticed about my whip handles is that they pretty much always start and end in a checkerboard pattern. I’m not sure why I do that, but that’s how I do it right now.