I’m currently working on an 8 foot 12 plait “Indy” bullwhip. Lately my Indy bullwhips have had a thicker handle that resembles a more Modern David Morgan 450 series bullwhip. After visiting Paul Nolan a couple of months ago and looking at the slimmer handle profiles he puts on his Indy bullwhips I kinda liked that look. The look on Paul’s resemble a more “vintage” Morgan bullwhip.
One of the reasons that mine end up with a thicker handle, and a thicker general profile is that I like using the thick kangaroo skins on the overlays. It gives good chunky look to the strands one the whip. When making the whips I usually even out the bellies on my bench splitter, but not thin them down very much. For this whip I thinned down the bellies quite a bit. I also thinned down the yoke more than the strands, that’s going to give my handle a slightly thinner profile. I also adjusted my core a bit to be thinner on the handle foundation.
Here’s the inner belly finished:
And here’s the outer bell finished:
I also made a little adjustment in how I put the lead on. I normally add the lead on top of the final bolster. For this whip I added the lead, then put the bolster on the whip. That’s goingn to reduce the size of the heel knot a little bit.
I’ve gotten a bit of work on the overlay in and I’m liking the little differences that this is making the the overall look of the whip (so far).