The other day I started work on a pair of bullwhips and they are finished now. The customer only ordered one bullwhip, but may need a backup for it in the near future. So I figured why not make it as a pair so if they end up needing a second whip I’m not trying to match the bullwhip with a picture and my memory. As a bonus if they don’t need the second whip it gives me one to have IN STOCK!
These are six foot eight plait bullwhips. Here are the whips with the inner bolsters attached:
One thing you might notice is the yoke of the whips doesn’t completely cover the handle at the base. I did this on purpose to contribute to a bit of taper to the handles.
The yoke from the outer belly is cut in a similar fashion and attached 180 degrees opposite to the first. That will give the whip a slight bulge at opposite ends (as well as contributing to taper) which is the effect I’m going for.
Another thing I’ve recently started doing (again) is adding the lead before I do the overlay. I used to add the lead after the overlay was finished, then would crack the whip and add what I thought the whip needed for weight in the handle. Now I do add it before, then plait the overlay and crack the whip, if any weight adjustments are needed I do it then.
I also used a plaited pattern on the wrist loop that’s not used on many whips, I’ve used it before in the past. It’s an N pattern I don’t know the official name of it, but I was goofing around with flat braiding and figured out how to do it.
I finished the first whip before the second one and technically the second one isn’t finished, it still needs to be shellac’d. Here’s the one I shipped out yesterday:
I’ll finish shellacing the second whip and I should know later in the week if it’s needed or not. If it’s not I’ll add it to my IN STOCK whips page.
Next up I still need to finish two of the Deluxe Beginner’s bullwhips that are almost finished (basically need knots) and I’m going to start work on a couple of Cat O’ Nine Tails (once the proper color of kangaroo arrives).