When you make a bullwhip you quite often end up with the center of the kangaroo left over. Depending on the skin and what you are making this can be a little, or it can be a lot. This center piece is usually about 2 – 18 inches wide, if it’s bigger than that I can usually make a short signal whip out of it and it’s not a left over for long.
I was cleaning up and noticed I had a bunch of centers (still do), however I cut of several of them to make one bullwhip. I cut up a couple medium black, a bigger natural tan an red kangaroo center to make a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip.
This bullwhip is made from 7 black strands, 4 natural tan strands and one red kangaroo strand. It ends in an 8 plait point. I’ve noticed lately that I really like an 8 plait point. It’s a bit more work in the tapering to get them tapered correctly. One plus of an 8 plait point on a 12 plait bullwhip is that I don’t have to do the 8 – 6 strand drop…however it’s probably more work resizing the lace for an 8 plait than doing that last set of drops.