Bullwhip Experiment…

Bullwhip Experiment…

Right now I’m in the middle of a  little experiment.  I’m making two bullwhips, these are cowhide leather bullwhips made with 8 plait overlays.  Where they are different is the internal construction.  One bullwhip has a flared core and a plaited belly.  The other has a straight core, plaited belly and a bolster.

When I use the flared core the idea is reduce the drop off at the end of the handle foundation when using a spike for the handle.  That’s the same thing that’s accomplished by using a bolster that starts at the end handle (ie not covering the whole handle).  However by using a bolster you get the advantage of it filling up air pockets in between plaited layers.

Normally when I make kangaroo bullwhips I do both a flared core and a bolster that doesn’t cover the entire handle.  However these whips that I’m experimenting with are cowhide whips and are intended to be made to sell for less.  So the less time I can devote to them the cheaper I can sell them.

I’m hoping that I like how the one with just the flared core performs because it’s less work on my end.


3 thoughts on “Bullwhip Experiment…

  1. I like the idea of having affordable but well constructed, alternatives to the high end roo whips, I’m sure these will allow many people an entry-level whip and bring more to discover whips! I also like the slightly more rustic look of an eight-plait cowhide whip. My only problem with it is that for a long time, all the ones I saw were not very well made inside and ended in a hollow four plait point with no core and wide falls. If you can figure out a way of making a really good, attractive and affordable entry-level whip, you will sell a bunch!!!

    I await with great interest!


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