Yesterday I got started working on an 8 foot bullwhip. I started by trimming the kangaroo skin.
Then I cut off some thin strips of leather to make a 5 plait wrist loop
Then I got started on the main body of the whip.
The inner plaited belly is made from a different skin from the outer belly and overlay. Normally this would be made from the same skin as the rest of the whip’s braided layers. The reason for that is to economically using the kangaroo skin and reducing waste.
Today I’ll get started on the inner bolster and outer belly.
I’m starting work on an 8 foot, 12 plait bullwhip. It’s going to be made with whiskey colored veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo. I ran up to David Morgan this morning and picked up this skin.
One great thing about buying my kangaroo skins from them is they always have great skins. Right now with the current COVID restrictions is that while I couldn’t go in to pick out my own skin, the crew there knows what a whip maker wants in a skin.
The largest they had was a 58 dm skin and for an 8 foot whip, ideally I’d have at least a 65dm skin. That means that I’ll have to cut up a leftover kangaroo center for one of the bellies. I really hate wasting prime kangaroo skin on a belly, but sometimes that’s what has to happen.
Based on the picture that I was sent before the whip was shipping to me, I thought I was going have to just put a fall hitch at the break. When the whip arrived and I got a closer look at it, I saw there was another option.
Here’s a close up of the point of the whip that broke off:
You’ll notice the last foot of the whip was added onto the whip just past the break. Now there was another option, to unbraid the point and rebraid it before the break.
If you look in the picture above, you’ll notice that the original point was basically a piece of latigo. This was an interesting way to make it. I guess the idea was to have the last braided foot of the whip replaceable.
The goal was to use the same leather, but unfortunately it was too brittle. I redid the point in kangaroo:
And here’s the fixed whip:
It’s going to head back to it’s owner in the morning!
Right now I have more whips in stock that I think I ever have!
It’s because I had a lot of pretty big kangaroo skin “centers” and wanted to use them up. That’s also why most of these whips are in the 4-5 foot range is that I could easily make them from the centers.
Right now I have one center left in natural tan. I’m thinking I’m going to make signal whip out of it.