Cat O’ Nine Tails

Cat O’ Nine Tails

A while ago a movie production company needed some Cat O’ Nine Tails.  They needed 1 – 2 actual floggers and two that were just the handle.  I started making the two complete Cat O’ Nine Tails as a matched pair.  So I built up the insides at the same time.

Then the company let me know they only needed one of the complete Cat O’ Nine Tails.  That left me with one that only had the inside of the handle and 6 tails finished.  This has been sitting across a couple of pegs by my plaiting hook for about a  year.  I’m finally getting around to finishing it up.  It still needed the overlay of the handle and last 3 tails to be finished.

cat o' Nine tails

So yesterday I cut out the 12 plait overlay and did all the strand prep.

cat o' Nine tails

One of the reasons well made leather goods cost more than the imported junk is the amount of leather that can’t be used.  After I trim a kangaroo skin, keep having to trim the skin while cutting out the lace, paring and splitting sometimes it feels like I throw away more leather than I use!

I plaited the overlay with finished the last three lashes.

cat o' Nine tails

There is still  a lot of work to be done before this is finished!  I need to put a wrist loop and knots on the handle.  I also need to tie knots at the ends of the lashes.  Once this is finished it will look pretty cool!

One of the reasons the movie production company chose my Cat O’ Nine Tails was that mine didn’t look junky.  There are a lot of them out there where the tails and handle are two separate parts that are attached together.  When I make mine the handle and tails are the same lace, so unless you cut them off, they shouldn’t ever come off.  Sure you pay a bit more for one that I make over the imported novelty ones…but mine will last longer!

Louie
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