Pair of Bullwhips

Pair of Bullwhips

Here’s a pair of 4 foot bullwhips I recently made. It started with a larger kangaroo skin:

Vet tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo

Then I cut out the cores and did a 4 plait belly on each whip:

how to make a bullwhip

On top of those I put the first bolster:

how to make a bullwhip

Then I put a second full length bolster on top of that:

how to make a bullwhip

Next up was cutting out the two overlays in 12 plait veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo:

how to make a bullwhip

After the overlay was plaited, I added the knots:

how to make a bullwhip

And finally I shellac’d the whips:

how to make a bullwhip

These are now on their way to their new owner!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Matched Pair of Bullwhips…

Matched Pair of Bullwhips…

Here’s a pair of bullwhips that I recently made. They started with a cow leather core built on a spring steel rod for the handle foundation:

Pair of bullwhips

Then they have a plaited cowhide belly:

Pair of bullwhips

And a cowhide bolster put on top of the plaited belly:

Pair of bullwhips

Then the 8 plait kangaroo overlay was put on top of that:

Pair of bullwhips

Finally the knots were put on the bullwhips and they shipped out to their new owner!

Pair of bullwhips
Mini Bullwhip!

Mini Bullwhip!

A few months ago my friend and sideshow historian James Taylor had seen a mini bullwhip that I had made and wanted one for his collection. I finally had some time to make him one. This mini bullwhip construction had a core, plaited belly, bolster then overlay.

One of the challenges with making this type of whip is that you have to really thin down the leather, so it’s very fragile if you aren’t careful about going around the scars on the leather when you are cutting the lace.

The overlay of this whip is 12 plait.

mini bullwhip

Making these mini whips which are about a foot long are a lot of work, but fun to make and you can get little cracks out of them!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Paracord Bullwhip…

Paracord Bullwhip…

I specialize in making kangaroo leather bullwhips. However I have made several Paracord bullwhips in the past. I was contacted by a friend of mine who wanted a whip, but is vegan and they wanted a paracord whip. I had a roll of paracord that was just about enough for a bullwhip, so I agreed to make one to get the roll of nylon out of my closet.

Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures of it in progress, here’s the whip without the heel knot:

And here’s the finished whip (before the final roll):

nylon bullwhip

If you are looking for a paracord bullwhip, feel free to contact me and we can chat about making you one!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip Cracker

Signal Whip Cracker

One of the services I offer is signal whip cracker replacement. These whips are also frequently called single tail whips, however that term applies to any whip with one lash. A bullwhip, stock whip, snake whip, etc are all single tailed whips.


Here’s one signal whip that recently came in for a new cracker. The new cracker is on the whip, but I haven’t given it a roll between two boards to smooth it out yet.

signal whip

If you’ve got a whip that needs a new cracker or a repair you can contact me for a price quote!

Bullwhip Making on the Road…

Bullwhip Making on the Road…

One of the nice things about how I make my bullwhips is that I don’t need a fancy shop to do it. That’s a cool thing about doing free hand cutting, there are no tools, or jigs needed, aside from a sharp knife. Here’s a whip I made in a hotel room while I was travelling. The picture below is of the inner plaited belly and bolster:


This is the outer plaited belly of the whip:

plaited belly in bull whip

And here’s the insides of the whip finished and ready for the overlay to be put on:

When making a whip in a hotel room, I put plastic on the floor so that I don’t make a huge mess. Here’s the lace for the overlay after it’s been pared and stretched:

kangaroo lace for whip making

Here’s the bullwhip which is almost finished. It still needs to be shellac’d and rolled between two boards.

12 plait bullwhip

And here’s the finished bullwhip:

bullwhip

It’s in the mail to its new owner!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

Recently a bullwhip came in for a fall replacement. This is one of the ebay whips that are advertised implying they are much higher quality than they are. This one was made of kangaroo, but it was a pretty low grade kangaroo.

I had to move the retie the fall hitch due to damage on the strands.

Here’s the point of the whip with the new fall attached, and you can compare it to the old fall. You’ll notice the new fall is lake an extension of the point of the whips, where the old fall is wider than the old point and doesn’t really taper at all.

Here’s the bull whip with the repair completed.

It should crack much better than before!