Recently someone in a forum asked a question about how to get shape into the heel knot of a bullwhip. In the whip that I had just made I happened to have taken some pics that show a bit of how I shape my heel knots. It starts with the completed interior of the whip:
On top of that I wrap lead and tack it in place. Then over that I put a bit of waxed string:
This string will give a bit of a base for the leather cap to sit on:
That layer is secured with a few wraps of artificial sinew. Then I add a wrist loop and a some more wraps with string or artificial sinew and tie the knot:
This particular bullwhip is currently available on ebay at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135
It’s nice out today so I’m planning on taking it to the park and making a test cracking video, so check the whip’s auction page later this afternoon!