Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

8 foot Bullwhip

October 29th, 2008

Two days ago I got my flu shot, it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve gotten one.  The whole process took about 2 hour…about 10 minutes to fill out the forms, 2 minutes for the shot and the rest of the time I spent laying on the floor after I fainted!  

The nurse that gave me the shot told me it’s best for me to  use the arm they gave the shot in, so I finished the plaiting and knots on an 8 foot Indy bullwhip.  The turkshead on the butt didn’t turn out quite right the first time so I ended up redoing it.  

 

8 foot Indy Bullwhip

 

I’ve got a new source for polypro and I like the stuff I’m getting now more than the stuff I was using before.  It’s a little bit thinner and gives me a slightly lighter cracker.  You can see all the red polypro string on the right of the above picure.  It’s all measured and cut, it just needs to be tied.  

Young Indy Bullwhip

I’ve got the overlay cut out for the Young Indy Bullwhip that I’m making.  I’m going to plait the two bellies before I do any dying of the hide.  I’m very excited to do this because dying leather is something I don’t do very often.  From my previous leather dying experience it was a pain in the butt…but I’m looking forward to making this bullwhip.

Other Bullwhips in the Works

The other day I got a shipment of hides from Mike Murphy.  When I opened up the hides two of them were screaming “make us into a pair of six foot bullwhips!”  So I’m cutting out a pair of 6 foot bullwhips, one is in whiskey and one in natural tan.  I don’t know the pattern that I’l be using for it other than they will be two tone.  

 

bullwhip kangaroo lace

Once everthing is cut I’m going to split the hides down to the same thickness and start braiding.  

Louie

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