Whitehide bullwhip

Whitehide bullwhip

Here’s the finished whitehide bullwhip:

whitehide bullwhip

I thought the plaiting on this bullwhip could be tighter, so I unbraided it and split down the strands.  Unfortunately while thinning down the strands, I broke two of them.  So this bullwhip no longer exists.  It did have a nice crack, and if in the future I could find a slightly lighter whitehide, I’d try making it again.  For now the rest of this hide is going to become falls.

16 plait Bullwhip Picture

Here’s a picture of the completed 16 plait two tone bullwhip:

16 plait bullwhip

Louie
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5 thoughts on “Whitehide bullwhip

  1. olalala
    my hat’s off on you Louie! Whithide bullwhip! I can’t believe it.
    I would probably have cutted my hands during paring the strands.
    Very nice taper, nice skiving….great job!
    Could you tell what’s the inner construction please? How much thick was the whithide?
    congratulations again, and also about the two tone: beautifulll!

    JP

    1. The whitehide was 5-7 ounce, so it will make a light fall…but very heavy for braiding. I was worried a few times that I was going to cut my thumb.

      When I was making the whitehide bullwhip I figured the weight of the hide was enough, it didn’t need much inside it. So inside was a core and bolster…but they were one part. So I made my core like I normally do, but it was attached to the bolster, so they as one unit wrapped around the handle two times. It worked well and the whip cracked great…but then I had to ruin the whip trying to improve it. Oh well.

      I just finished an 8 plait Indy style bullwhip in English Kip. It came out well, but I feel like I have to be soo careful when briading kip, it’s no fun.

      Louie

  2. Aw Louie, I,m so sorry to hear this; but if it makes you feel any better, I felt like I was reading myself there… That’s juust like me to try and fix something that ain’t broke… and screw it up in the process! But you know what? THIS is what learning is really about; it’s about having the guts to put it all o the line the risk something better. So my hat goes off to you. Not only for wanting to make it better, but also, and perhaps more importantly, for saying it in public here. Anyways, it was a good try!

    Franco
    :-)

    1. It would have been a much tighter whip if I could just get about .5mm off each strand. I’ve learned my lesson. But always trying to get better is what makes us improve!

      Louie

    2. It would have been a much tighter whip if I could just get about .5mm off each strand. I’ve learned my lesson. But always trying to get better is what makes us improve!

      Louie

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