Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Yesterday I finally had a chance to plait the Peter Jack stockwhip that’s been kicking around for a little while.

stock whip
stockmans whip

I haven’t made a ton of stockwhips, so this was an interesting project for me to do.  There was some interesting things about how he makes his stockwhips…like how he adds lead to the handle.

This summer I’ve really become interested in stockwhips, so I’m hoping to make some more in the next few weeks when my performing schedule slows down a bit.

Louie

16 Foot Bullwhip Progress

16 Foot Bullwhip Progress

Well I’m still working on the 16 foot bullwhip.  I’ve begun the overlay and what a chore that has been!  With a long whip like this the strands are 24-28 feet long and each pull they get tangled up.  One solution to plaiting with long strands it to tie them up into tamales.

tamale

In the past I’ve tried this and wasn’t really happy with it.  I had done it with a 10 or 12 foot whip and at that length it’s not too much work to untangle them.  However with this whip at 16 feet, it ended up being a lot of work untangling, I was doing one pull, and then untangling the whole strand for its entire length.  Now with the tamale I have to reach through the pattern, grab the tamale, pull it through the pattern, pull the strand in place (tight) and set the tamale on the other side.  It’s still a lot of work, but much easier than untangling each strand after each pull.

Right now this whip is at the 31 inch mark:

bullwhip

I figure I will have to plait about 7 feet before tangling isn’t really an issue any more (so I’m almost halfway there!).

Louie
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Summer of Bullwhips

Summer of Bullwhips

It seems like I’ve seen a lot of whip cracking this summer that I wasn’t expecting.  It could be that I’ve been semi-seeking it out in most cases, however to day it came a as complete surprise when I was heading to a gig at the Tacoma Maritime Festival and ran into a guy cracking a bullwhip!

The guy cracking the bullwhip was part of the Puget Sound Pirates:

bullwhip

Between shows I chatted with the pirates and gave them some pointers on cracking whips.  They used nylon whips:

bullwhip

Hopefully I now have some new whip cracking buddies!

I wonder if my noticing of a lot of whips around this summer part of whips becoming more “main stream”.  I think the popularity of “pirate culture” inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has helped whips become less shady (the popularity of the Indiana Jones movies also helped).  Another thing that has made the general impression of whips become more positive has been TV shows like Time Warp which show the science behind whips.

Or I could just be noticing it more because I’m a whip nerd….

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Some new books…

Some new books…

Today I got an email that Ubraidit was having a 10% off sale, and there were a couple of books that I’ve wanted for a while and this gave me a reason to order them.  The books I ordered are:

Art of Braiding Bosal I
Art of Braiding Bosal I
Art of Braiding Bosal II
Art of Braiding Bosal II

The sale is good until 8/29, just enter the promo code AUG2010 on Ubraidit’s website.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Growing a Snake Whip…

Growing a Snake Whip…

Currenly I’m working on four snake whips.  I’ve done a little work on each so that I could show the progression of how I”m making these and then have one picture with all the layers.

Currently I have two of these finished and the next two should be finished today!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Snake Whips

Snake Whips

This morning I’m shipping out a 6 foot Indy Bullwhip to Ireland:

12 plait bullwhip
bull whips
Indy Bullwhip

My current project is working on four snake whips.  These will be six feet long and be four plait in cowhide.  Last night I cut out six shot bags (I only need four), but the way the hide was I other two came out of part of it that I wouldn’t be able to use for anything else.

snake whip

Today I’m performing in the Portland, Oregon area, so I probably won’t have much of a chance to get more work in on these.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip overlay finished…

Bullwhip overlay finished…

Here’s the completed overlay of the six foot bullwhip that I’ve been working on:

12 plait bullwhip

I made this bullwhip slightly differently from how I normally do them.  I think this has a more “vintage morgan” look to it with a slimmer profile at the transition.  I’ve made them like this in the past, but I went through a phase where I was making my bullwhips with a tapered handle, but the whip was a tad thicker at the transition.  This one’s got a nice sleek look!

Louie
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6 foot bullwhip progress…

6 foot bullwhip progress…

Today was an exciting day, right after I had started plaiting the overlay for a six foot bullwhip there were two huge booms that shook my condo!  We didn’t know what they were, my wife thought someone had crashed a car into the building.  We noticed a lot of neighbors milling around outside, so we went out and chatted.  Turns out what we felt and heard were sonic booms from two military planes responding to someone entering the president’s airspace.

You’d think someone that makes whips, and cracks whips as part of his job and for fun would recognize a sonic boom?  I’ll tell you a whip cracking is way different from a fighter jet!

You can read about this sonic boom incident here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012647005_sonicbooms18m.html

With all that excitement I still managed to plait about 3 1/2 feet of this six foot whip.  Here it is in its current state:

bullwhip

Also here’s another bracelet that was made with other leftover parts from the pair of 7 foot bullwhips:

plaited bracelet
braclet  plaited
leather kangaroo plaited bracelet

This one was fun to make because of all the different elements in it.  One in is a loop of 4 plait round braid, that merges into an 8 plait flat braid, that turns into an 8 plait round braid, finally ending with a two tone turkshead.  Some day I should dig out all the keychain that I have made from scrap roo and take pics of them.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Plaited Bracelet

Plaited Bracelet

When I’m making a bullwhip frequently I end up with fairly long strands that end up being cut off.  I have a box full of the scrap, and instead of throwing it away, I figure I should start making things out of it.  Here’s a bracelet that was made from the trimmed off ends of the pair of seven foot bullwhips that I recently made:

plaited bracelet

You can adjust the size by pulling the ends through the turkshead in the middle.  Once I’m all caught up in orders I’ll probably start to use up my scrap to make things like this.  However I have no idea what to do with things like this once they are made…but they are much prettier than a box of scrap.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org