Alright time to get started cutting up leather for this 6 foot cowhide bullwhip.
The first part we’re going to make is the core of the whip. the core that I’m using for this whip will be attached to the handle and will be a “doubled core”. That means that there will be two strips of leather that are braided inside the 1st belly (instead of just one strip). this should give us a more dense core.
Now if you look at the picture of the core below right now it’s one piece…but it consists of two shapes a rectangle and a triangle. The rectangle will go around the spike and the triangle is the core that will be braided around.
The rectangle measures 40mm x 10 inches.
The Triangle is 50 mm where it touched the rectangle, so it extends 10mm above the rectangle. The lenght of the triangle is 18 inches, so it extends 18 inches past the rectangle.
The next step it to cut the triangle into two strips to make it into a “doubled core”. I cut the smaller strip at 10mm wide (or the part that extends past the rectangle).
Lube up the core with leather dressing / plaiting soap and pair all of the edges. Paring is where you bevel the edges of the leather (more info on how to pair leather can be found in Morgan’s or Edwards books)
Pairing the edges will make the core lay a bit smoother when it’s rolled inside 1st belly.
Now it’s time to attach the core to the steel spike (handle). Use the artificial sinew to bind the core around the spike (from now on called the handle). Bind it about an inch past the tip of the handle, rolling the core so that the smaller part is inside of the larger part of the core.
Below is a close up of the core and transition when attached to the handle.
You’ve now finished the making the core and attaching it to the handle!
The next step is cutting out and plaiting the belly.