The whip that I’m making out of the kangaroo skin I bought at David Morgan last week is going to be an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip. Here’s the inner belly and inner bolster finished and attached to the handle:
All the plaited bellies I use are 4 plait bellies and the one below is the outer belly:
Below is the lead that will weight the handle and add some “in the hand” weight to the whip. I put this on after the final belly:
Getting the internal layers is the faster part of making the whip. The time consuming part is cutting out the overlay, doing the strand prep and plaiting it!