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8 plait bullwhip

March 31st, 2010

Today I got some work in on an 8 plait bullwhip.

Bullwhip Plaited belly
Inner Plaited belly
bullwhip
Outer bolster

I have the overlay cut out and it just needs to have the strand prep done before I can do any plaiting.  Today is Wednesday and I don’t think there is anything good on TV tonight, so I might end up watching an episode of V on my laptop while I work on the overlay of this bullwhip.

Kangaroo Bosal (with rawhide core)

Here are a couple of pictures of the bosal that I made yesterday:

Bosal
bosal

While this Bosal isn’t perfect I think it’s pretty good for a first try.  The next one will be better. I’d like to make a high plait count bosal in rawhide…eventually.

I also cut out some rawhide strips from a side of rawhide (cow):

rawhide

Each coil is about 30 feet of rawhide and about 3/4 of an inch wide.  Rawhide is soo much work to get ready to work with it’s easier to do a lot of the prep all at once, then use it as necessary.  It takes the same amount of effort to case as strip of rawhide and  a whole side of rawhide…and it’s just a bit more effort to do the cut out 10 strips instead of just one.

I cut out about half of the side of rawhide that I had…I would have done the whole side, but my arm got tired!

I’m going to try to do a bullwhip with a rawhide core for some of these strips and the rest will be bosal cores or cores for other types of of plaited things.

Louie
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3 Responses to “8 plait bullwhip”

  1. Aldo.

    Today is Wednesday and I don’t think there is anything good on TV tonight, so I might end up watching an episode of V on my laptop while I work on the overlay of this bullwhip.

    Hey Louie! Hope you’re doing fine. That bosal looks great for a first try! I know you may see flaws in it, but you are usually very critical about your work, which is good, but again, congratulations.

    Not whip related, but what do you think about V? Tomorrow the series debuts in Mexico and I can only remember when I was a kid that watching the reptile like skin of the Visitors scared the Bejesus out of me (of course, in the previous version).

    ATVB,

    Aldo.

  2. admin

    Hey Aldo!

    V is pretty good…it’s basically the same as I remember as a kid. Unless something goes horribly wrong I’ll watch the whole season. You can watch whole episodes online at http://abc.go.com/shows/v. I’m actually on the road the next couple of days, so I’ll miss this weeks episode.

    The lizards under the skin scared me as a kid too!

    Louie

  3. Aldo

    Good to know! Thanks a lot. I’ll be certain to watch it tomorrow.

    Aldo.

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