Plaiting Goat Hide

Plaiting Goat Hide

My first attempt at an 8 plait Goat Hide overlay wasn’t successful, but I learned a lot!  For starters the whip ended up a bit too thin, so I added an additional bolster to thicken it up a tad.

Another (major) problem that I came across was how stretchy the goat is.  I have to cut the strands very wide to compensate for the stretch.  Also I broke several strands while trying to braid it.

One problem with my braiding that can be overcome is that I’m plaiting it like it’s kangaroo.  I need to pull a bit gentler…but the trade off is that the whip isn’t as tight.  I was thinking about that solution to breaking the strands last night and I can braid it fairly tight, but not as tight as a roo whip.  However when you consider that this is a cheaper bullwhip for someone starting out that wants to learn a few cracks, I think it’s alright.

Finished Goat Bullwhip!

Here’s the finished goat hide bullwhip:

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This 7 foot bullwhip was made with the Indiana Jones look to it.   I’ve got it listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

I’m not sure how many more of these I’m going to make, I have enough goat hide for one or two more.  The problem with making an 8 plait is that it just takes too long to make and I’m trying to keep the price below $200.  I’m offering this first one for $165, the normal price will be $197.  I might try to make one in 4 plait and see how long that takes me to make.


4 thoughts on “Plaiting Goat Hide

  1. Nice job sir!

    You’ve got my respects for still trying; I,ve given up on other leathers and I just stick with roo.


    1. The thing about whipmaking is the while the kangaroo is part that costs the whipmaker the most money, it’s the time it takes to make a whip that costs the customer the most money.

      People have a crazy notion that if a whip isn’t kangaroo is should be cheaper. I could make a 12 plait goat and 12 plait roo with the same construction and people would expect the goat to me significantly cheaper! While the only actual cost (out of the whipmakers pocket) difference would be $30-$40.

      Goat isn’t too bad to braid if the strands are cut wide…and you don’t pull too hard.


  2. Beautifull job Louie, especially with goat leather!!!

    One question please. Maybe you’ve mentionned before: how many hide did you use to make this 7ft bullwhip?

    I don’t think I would be brave enough to try goat for braiding. Even for core and bolsters it’s more diffiicult to work with, comparing to Kip. Too much stretch in it…..always need to re-cut the core and bolsters after stretching.
    Finally too much work!



    1. This particular whip I used two hides, because my first attempt at the overlay failed. I have one goat hide that I got for just making cores and bolsters. I agree using goat is to much work…but I’ve got a couple more hides, so I’m going to use them instead of just throwing them away.

      I might try doing the core and bolsters from a cowhide and use the goat for the plaited parts.

      The thing I really didn’t like about the goat is that I really had to give it a good greasing before I used it (which adds more work!). The greasing reduces the stretch a little bit, but not very much, and since I have to cut soo wide for the stretch, there’s a lot of waste.


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