Tourist Bullwhips…

Tourist Bullwhips…

The other day I was in Virgina City, Nevada which is a “frontier” town.  Several of the shops there sold bullwhips:

These whips really ranged in quality, the lowest quality sold for $2.99.  These are good for making the shopkeeper money and that’s about it!   I was actually in a store when someone was buying two to the crappy ones and the guy mentioned he was getting them for his kids to learn to crack.  He’s going to be very disapp0inted…but then they were only $2.99.

Tomorrow I’m back at home and Tuesday 5/31/11  the 15% off whip sale ends, so it’s your last chance to save on a new whip!

Also I have a 16 plait bullwhip on ebay right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/6-ft16-plait-WHITE-kangaroo-bullwhip-bull-whip-Louie-/220790044200

Sometime the first couple of weeks of June I”m going to try to find time to make 6 or 8 Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips.  These will probably be 6 feet long.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip In Jacksonville, OR

Bullwhip In Jacksonville, OR

I’m on the road again this weekend and yesterday I was in Jacksonville, Oregon.  This is a “historic” town and was fun to walk through.  One thing I noticed on the way out of town was a statue of a cowboy on a horse:

bullwhip in oregon

What makes this statue interesting is that he has a whip (It might be a quirt).  Most cowboy statues don’t have a whip.  I think this is for a couple of reason, the main one being that kids will hang on it and bend or break it off.  Another reason is that I think it’s something that is structurally difficult to do.

One town over from Jacksonville in Medford, Oregon there is a similar statue and his whip is broken off.

Also my 15% off whip sale is continuing through Memorial Day Weekend ending on Tuesday, so if you have been thinking of gettting a bullwhip, signal whip, snake whip, etc now is a great time to order!  This sale applies to IN STOCK whips as well as MADE TO ORDER whips!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Memorial Weekend Bullwhip SALE!

Memorial Weekend Bullwhip SALE!

I don’t do this very often so take advantage of this sale on all IN STOCK and MADE TO ORDER bullwhips.  From now until Tuesday 5/31/11 I’m having a Memorial Weekend 15% off sale!

bullwhip sale
To view the IN STOCK whips visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4

To view your MADE TO ORDER whip options visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=0

Also here’s a picture of the finished 5 foot bullwhip:

bullwhip

This one is 5 feet long with an 8 plait kangaroo overlay and kangaroo rawhide highlights in the knots.

Louie

Bullwhip at an Antique Store…

Bullwhip at an Antique Store…

I’ve been on the road performing most of last week, which is why I haven’t posted recently.  I was performing at casinos and hotels.  My last stop was in Medford Oregon and while down there I visited a bunch of Junk Shops (aka antique stores).

I was looking for an old suitcase for my Flea Circus.  While looking for that I found this bullwhip:

bull whip

This bullwhip was for sale for $25…which I think is wishful thinking!  It was super dry and in my opinion more costume than functional.  However it’s always interested to find bullwhips for sale!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo Rawhide…

Kangaroo Rawhide…

Yesterday I got a bit more plaiting in on the lash of the 5 foot bullwhip (but  not much more).  However I did tie the transition knot:

bullwhip

The interweave on the turkshead is kangaroo rawhide.  I was doing something else with the rawhide and had some leftover so I did the interweave with it. This interweave will give this bullwhip a very unique look!  Rawhide (usually cow) is used for interweaves on knots in a lot of cowboy gear…but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it used in knots on a bullwhip before.  The reason it’s not used more is that it’s a pain to work with!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 plait bullwhip

8 plait bullwhip

This morning I got a little bit of plaiting in on the five foot eight plait bullwhip that I’m working on.  I’ve got about 20 inches of the plaiting done:

bullwhip

One of the things I like about an 8 plait bullwhip is the simplicity of them.  They have a nice simple clean look to them.

I just added this bullwhip to my IN STOCK whips page (http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=165&groupid=4).   It’s not finished yet, however you’d like it you can order it now and claim it for yourself before someone else does!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

5 foot Bullwhip

5 foot Bullwhip

A couple of days ago I made the insides for a five foot bullwhip.  This bullwhip is going to be one of my entry level kangaroo bullwhips, so it will sell for about $200ish and will have an 8 plait overlay.

Yesterday I cut out the overlay:

bullwhip

Today I’ll do the strand prep and I should be able to find time to start a bit of the plaiting before I have to  head out to do some gigs.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished 8 Foot Bullwhip

Finished 8 Foot Bullwhip

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip.  First I built up the heel knot foundation:

bullwhip

The cap on the end of the whip (the leather that covers the lead or whatever makes the shape of the heel knot) was the best cap I’ve ever done!  Unfortunately no one will ever see it  unless they take the whip apart, so I took a picture because I’m very proud of it:

bullwhips

After putting the heel knot on it, rolling and shellacing it it was finished:

bull whips for sport bullwhip cracking

bull whips for sport bullwhip cracking

This bullwhip shipped out to its new owner yesterday evening!

One thing I’m always trying to do is come  up with things to do with my scrap lace.  I’ve got a ton of centers of kangaroo that’s too small for most of the lace I use for whips and pieces of kangaroo lace that’s about 5mm wide by 2 feet long.  I use these occasionally as fillers, but I don’t use anywhere near as many as I have (or generate).

Here’s my first attempt of  making a leather bracelet with a plaited center:

plaited bracelet

leather braided into a plaited bracelet

The whole thing is made from kangaroo.  It’s not bad for my first try, but there are a few things I’d change if I do another one.  The main change I do is that I’d use either a heavier leather or two layers of kangaroo stitched together for the body of the bracelet.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Plaiting Finished

Plaiting Finished

Yesterday I finished plaiting the overlay and attaching the fall to the 8 foot bullwhip that I’m working on:

bullwhip

I also tied the transition knot:

bullwhip

The next step for this bullwhip will be to build the heel knot foundation and after that I’ll tie the final turks head.  Then it’s time for the bullwhip to be rolled, shellac’d and shipped.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org