Lately I’ve been running into a lot of bullwhips in my travels. In the last 3-4 weeks I’ve come across four bullwhips (two were a pair). The first I ran into on Saturday at a junk shop outside of Yakima WA:
The lovely bullwhip above was for sale for $19!
The next bullwhip someone brought to a show that I was performing at to show me.
I think the leather bullwhip above was purchased from this ebay seller: http://stores.ebay.com/Eaton-Ranchco-Saddle-Shop. For a whip with a long handle and a wide point it was amazingly light in the lash. Personally I prefer more weight in the lash than this whip had, but its owner was happy with it.
And finally about a month ago I ran into these two whips:
These whips are used the Bindlestiff Family Circus. I was told they are about 15ish years old and they got them from Western Stage Props who told the Bindlestiff’s that the whips were Lil’ Indys and not made by Joe Strain. However I don’t believe that to be the case. First the whips are 5 feet long and WSP’s Lil’ Indy’s are 4 feet. Also the knots and plaiting look very much like Joe Strain to me.
This summer I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling and hopefully I’ll run into a lot more whips during my summer performing tours.