Stock Whip…

Stock Whip…

Yesterday I made the lash for a cowhide stock whip.  This one is 5 feet long has a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay.   Also FYI if I recall correctly technically this is a yard whip not a stock whip.

For this stock whip I cut out the core at 2.5 feet and it flares out to approx 35mm at the 6 inch point then tapering to a point at 2.5 feet.

Stock whip

Next I cut out the set for the belly:

Stock whip for sale

These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet.  Next I braided the belly:

stock whip plaited belly

After braiding the belly I cut a hole in the yoke and trimmed it to make it attached to the stock whip handle. Next I cut out the overlay:

stock whip

These were initially cut at about 19 mm tapering to a point at about 7.5 feet.  However in paring I took a good 2 mm off of each strand. Finally I plaited the overlay, attached the fall and stuck it on an SKT Stock Whip handle:

stock whip - skt whips handle

Stock whip - 4 plait cowhide with plaited belly

I still need to make my own handle for this stock whip.  I put my lash on the SKT stock whip handle was that I wanted to crack it right away!  This whip has a good crack, but I think it can be improved.  I’m going to have a bit more weight out in the  point of it.  That will give it a bit more oomph!

Currently I have something like 5 heavy cane handles and 3 slightly lighter cane handles.  So that means my I’ll get a handle for this stock whip, then two pairs of stock whips.  After that I’ll try to make one half plait handle with a kangaroo lash and finally a pair of kangaroo stock whips with half plait handles.

I was sort of amazed at how quickly I was able to make this stock whip lash.  Honestly I really shouldn’t be that amazed because there’s not much to it (compared to a bullwhip with two bellies, two bolsters and a higher plait count).


10 thoughts on “Stock Whip…

  1. Making 12 plait bullwhips is starting to be a no brainer for me. I’m hoping to sometime soon get

    into making snake/signal whips and stock whips. I was reading the stockwhip how to that came

    with my dene williams strander and the same thing came to mind. Compared to a bullwhip, it

    seems to hardly take any time! You have a core, a plaited belly, then the overlay, right? Not

    “bolsters” other than the “bolster-yoke” on the overlay. Real quick!

    1. Wow, you’re coming along I still have to think a lot when making pretty much any whip. I find that when I get complacent that’s when I do dumb things, usually in regards to taper but it sometimes manifests itself in other ways like me cutting off the tip of my thumb (again). I really have to pay attention even on simpler things like this 4 plait stock whip. I had to really pay attention to the taper of the strands to make sure they matched the taper of the filler inside the whip and resize them accordingly. For my style of whip making that’s one of the cool things (to me) is that every whip is a different challenge.

      Read the chapter in David Morgan’s Whips and Whip Making called The Manufacture of an Australian Stock Whip. His method is different from Williams.


  2. Nice whips Louie. I have made a few stock whips and find them to be pretty easy and fun to do. I had Mike Murphy make up a 12 plait stock whip kit for me. The handle was already completed and the core/bolster/overlay cut out and ready to plait. He had started the first 3 inches of the core for me. The whip was entirely made from kangaroo. The handle I consider a work of art and I never want to part with it. The whip is 6 foot long and fast and light. I’ve tried to patteren stockwhips after his. I also use Edward’s instructions. The hardest part for me is cutting the bolster/keeper/ and overlay and getting it straight.

    1. Jeff,

      Interesting, he’s not using a plaited belly. Where both the handle and the lash 12 Plait? It’s been a while since I’ve emailed with him, might be time to say hello!


  3. Hey Louie, even though SKT and Peter Jack make amazing whips, I’d like to say I favor your stockwhip because it has a finer point and the thong is shaped better. Usually these whips are work whips which are made to last. But yours matches durability and shape really well.

    1. Aldo,

      Thanks for the compliment! One thing I’m doing that SKT and Peter Jack aren’t is that I”m putting a plaited belly in mine. That gives me a bit more control over the whips shape. The downside to that is it takes me a lot longer to make!


  4. Oh, I didn’t get that! I thought I had misread it! Now I understand how it got its good looks! What I do when shaping cowhide yard whips, is I cut three differently sized cores and that gets a better shaped thong. Let me get home and get you a good picture of both for you to see.

    1. Aldo,

      From what I can tell the “triple core” is a pretty common way doing yard whips, it’s much faster than a belly, or rolled core. Also it doesn’t use up much leather. However beside adding a bit of weight it doesn’t give you much in the way of shaping the whip.

      If I ever seriously got into the yard whip business I’d probably switch to an easier / faster internal construction.


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