Snakewhips in Idaho City…

Snakewhips in Idaho City…

Today I was in Idaho city (I’m still on the road) and at the Idaho City Museum they had a couple of old snake whips.  These were old snakewhips that has sewn covers.  I’ve never seen one of these in person until today:

snake whips

Here’s a close up of the top one:

snake whip

Here’s a close up of the bottom one:

snake whip

Both of them once had plaited points, but sadly they are gone.  This style of whip is a part of American History that is long gone.  I don’t think anyone makes a snake whip sewn cover.  Also from the few old cowboys that I’ve met they all say that they used “black snakes” not bullwhips.

Louie
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Out of Town…

Out of Town…

Here’s a  heads up  that I’ll be out of town for a few days, so if you email or call don’t expect me to get back to you until after the Memorial Day holiday.

Congrats to Joe Strain for winning the Braided Leather award at the World Leather Debut with an amazing 24 plait 10 foot bullwhip!  You can see the whip here: www.northernwhipco.com

Also yesterday I listed the 20 plait bullwhip with the stingray handle on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220612766341 if you are looking for a cool one of a kind whip here’s your chance to get an amazing deal on one!

Louie
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16 plait bullwhip progress

16 plait bullwhip progress

I’m still working on the 16 plait bullwhip.  Yesterday I got the final bolster finished, the overlay cut out, strand prep finished and about 2 inches of the handle plaited.

bullwhip

For the handle I’ve gone with the chevron pattern (U2 O2), which is a pattern that’s very common with rawhide braiding.

Bullwhip

See Me Work the Bullwhip

On June 1st, 2010 I’ll be performing at Egan’s Ballard Jam House.  The first Tuesday of the month they have a magic show called That’s Impossible. I’m the headline act on 6/1 and besides some great magic my show will feature my Whip Act.  Egan’s is a cool little music club (seats 43 people)  in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  I’ll be doing two shows a 7 and 9 pm, and admission is $10.

For more details visit: http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

6 foot bullwhip

6 foot bullwhip

Right now I’m working on a 6 foot bullwhip.

Currently I have both plaited bellies finished.  Today I have some morning shows and should be able to at least get the outer bolster cut out and attached.  Realistically I’ll probably be able to get the overlay cut out today.

While I was making the bellies of the bullwhip I kept hearing in my head something that Joe Strain told me years ago when I visited him the first time:  “I like a hard hitting whip, so I…”  Well it’s not my place to say how Joe makes his whips, but it’s something that he told me years ago and it’s only started to make sense to me in the last 9-12 months.

That’s one of the things that I think makes whip making an art.  Someone can tell you something simple, but you may not really understand it until years later.  Where for something like changing the oil in you car, it’s step one, step two, etc.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip

Signal Whip

Yesterday I finished work on a 4 foot 16 plait signal whip.  Here’s the beginning of the plaiting:

16 plait signal whip

I made this signal whip slightly differently than how I normally make them.  I added an extra short bolster to the whip to give it a slightly larger diameter by the turkhead knot.  Visually I think I like them thinner, but it’s good to know what they look like a bit wider.

signal whip

I’ve added this signal whip to my IN STOCK whips page.

This weekend I have a full performing schedule, so I don’t know how much plaiting I’ll be getting in.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Greasing a kangaroo skin

Greasing a kangaroo skin

Yesterday I did all the strand prep for the overlay for the kangaroo signal whip that I’m working on.   The roo hide that I’m using is brandy in color, but it was a dry hide (not drum stuffed) so I had to grease it up.

There are several ways to grease up a skin or hide.  Normally what I do is lay the whole skin flat on the floor and give it a coat of dubbin’.  However this time I cut the strands out and put a coat Fiebing’s Aussie Dressing on the strands.  Once that had soaked in I did all my strand prep.

The reason I think it’s important to grease before the strand prep is the strand will pare much easier and won’t break as easily when stretching.

Louie
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Budget Bullwhip

Budget Bullwhip

Yesterday I did the overlay for another budget bullwhip.  I’ve got enough leather for 2 or three more of these, the I probably won’t be making many more of them until the fall.

bullwhip

I’ve made this budget bullwhip a “Beginners Whip Kit” and it comes with the Whip Cracking Made Easy DVD #1.  It’s listed on my IN STOCK whips page.

My next project (besides finding time to finish that bosal) is to work on  a signal whip.  I made the shot bag a week or two ago but that’s all:

signal whip

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Works in progress…

Works in progress…

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately, I’ve been busy performing, fishing and living life.  today I did a bit of work on the bosal that I’ve been working on:

bosal nose button

The nose button is finished and I’m debating whether to leave the black knots black or to cover them with red knots to match the rest of the bosal.  I think I’m going to leave them black (I guess I’m lazy).  If you compare this bosal to other bosals you can see how being a whipmaker and an urban whipmaker has influenced the look of this bosal.

Up next for me is to work on a 6ish foot bullwhip.  I already have the bellies cut out so until I get to the overlay it’s not too much work.   Also sometime I’m supposed to start work on a 5 foot bullwhip for underground magic legend and friend of mine Steve Dobson!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org