Plaiting started…

Plaiting started…

I decided to start plaiting the last calf bullwhip that I’m making (for now).  It’s about 3 feet into it:

calf bullwhip

I’m out of plaiting soap and didn’t want to cook up a batch before I left town so I’ve been using rawhide cream as lube for  plaiting:

rawhide cream

It works pretty well for the lubricating part of plaiting…however it doesn’t feel like it’s adding much “grease” to the strands (which isn’t surprising because rawhide dressing usually doesn’t have fat in it).  The part I’ve plaited is still very dry sounding, so I’m going to have to give it a hit of dressing when the whip is done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Final Calf Bullwhip

Final Calf Bullwhip

Yesterday I cut out the overlay of the last of the calf skins that I had picked up a little while ago.

bullwhip

The insides of this bullwhip are finished and all they need is to be  plaited over:

bullwhip

I’m trying to decide if I should start work on plaiting the overlay of this bullwhip now or not.  I’m going to be out of town from 3/10 – 3/20 and I don’t want a half finished bullwhip sitting for 10 days if I don’t have time to work on it.  I’ve got a pretty full week until I leave.

I don’t know if I’ll ever make any more of these bullwhips from calf or if I’ll be able to find decent skins to do it with.  So this may be my last calf bullwhip (at least for now).

Oh, don’t forget I’ve got a six foot Young Indy style bullwhip for sale on ebay right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220747828820 the auction ends on tomorrow (3/8/11) right now it’s a steal at the current bid of $280.  This is a great chance to get a sweet deal on one of my bullwhips!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org