Over the weekend I finished up a 6 foot 4 plait Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhip:
I have another one of these that’s halfway finished on my hook and hopefully I’ll find time to get the second one finished soon! I’ve got this bullwhip listed on my IN STOCK whips page.
My current project is working on an 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip. This bullwhip will be done in natural tan kangaroo and when the order came in I was out of it, but I was also performing about 10 minutes away from David Morgan’s shop, so I stopped by to pick up a skin, here’s what I got:
This skin is 57dm which is plenty large enough to do the overlay with. While I was visiting David Morgan’s shop I have a nice little chat with Meagan and Alex! Yesterday I got started on this whip and basically have the insides finished, here’s the core:
This bullwhip is being built on a 10 inch spring steel rod. Over the core is the inner plaited belly:
And over the inner belly is the inner bolster:
And on top of that is the outer plaited belly:
You may notice that the outer plaited belly is braided over the entire handle unlike the inner belly. That’s to add some bulk to the handle. On top of the outer belly is the outer bolster:
The way this bullwhip is constructed the first about 8.5 inches is thinner than the last 1.5 inches. That happens because the inner plaited belly has a yoke which is only one layer for the first 8.5 inches and once it starts being plaited it is two layers. Then on top of that is the shorter bolster which only covers about 1.5 inches of the handle adding another layer to that part of the handle. That means the last inch and a half of the whip is 2 layers thicker than the first inch and a half.
Having the thicker lash than handle is style thing, I could have just as easily made the inner belly so that it was plaited over the entire handle. However I don’t want the lash drastically thicker than the handle either. So there’s something I do that I’m not aware of anyone else doing (however now that I write that I bet 30 guys will email me letting me know this is a standard technique going back hundreds of years).
What I do is when I split the leather for the core, inner belly and outer bolster I leave the first 8.5 inches of it at full thickness thinning down the leather from the 8.5 inch mark on. That gives the layers at the beginning of the handle a bit more bulk. Honestly it’s hardly much more, but over three layers it adds up a bit.
I’m hoping to find time in my day to cut out the overlay for this bullwhip sometime in the second half of the day.