Recently someone who had bought one of my Make Your Own Stock Whip Kits emailed me to let me know that they they so much fun making their first stock whip that they wanted to make another one. They had bought a kangaroo skin, but hadn’t cut it up yet. They asked if they could send it to me and if I could cut it up for an 8 plait stock whip and send it back. I agreed and this is what showed up in the mail yesterday:
This kangaroo skin is veg tanned and based on the finish I’m pretty sure it’s the stuff from Tandy Leather Factory. The kangaroo from Tandy isn’t drum stuffed (which means has dressing worked into it while spinning in a giant drum) so it need an even coat of dressing.
Putting dressing on kangaroo can be a bit tricky, if you put to much in one spot it can give you a darker more discolored patch. Since this skin has now been cut up I would put a bit of dressing on my hand and run the lace through my hand applying a light coat and let that soak in before applying more (if needed). By adding some dressing that will reduce a bit of stretch when plaiting and increase the life of the finished whip.
Yesterday I cut up the kangaroo skin into all the kangaroo parts for an 8 plait kangaroo stock whip:
And after cutting it out there was still a good chunk of kangaroo leftover (probably enough for a 3 or 4 foot signal whip) and this is getting shipped back along with the kangaroo stock whip kit.