Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

Unique Way of Tying a Knot!

I recently had a stock whip handle come in for a repair.  This whip belonged to someone that was a former rodeo performer.  Here’s  the handle when it got to me:

stock whip repair

Here’s the lash (he didn’t send me the lash, so I never got to see it in person):

stock whip lash

And a close up of the broken keeper:

stock whip repair

Nothing too exciting.  When I went to untie the knot, I realized what looked like a two pass knot, was actually one pass!

stock whip repair

The maker had tooled a line down the middle of the lace so that it appeared to be two pass knot!  I’d never seen this, or even considered doing it this way. They also did this with the heel knot to make it appear to be a three pass, when it was only one:

stock whip repair

To make this a more fun repair for me, I decided I was going to try to replicate the lace that was on the stock whip handle.  My first attempt was to take my fid and run it down the middle of a piece of lace.  It was a lot of work and turned out really sloppy and I forgot to take pictures of it.

For the second attempt I dug out  my lace cutter and had the blade barely poke out and ran a piece of lace over it.

leather lace cutter

This did work, but upon comparing it to the original lace it wasn’t what the original maker did. Also the slit in the lace was so thin, it really won’t show up until the whip gets used a bit and it gets dirty in the slit.

turkshead knot

My next idea was to use the tool in the picture below (I don’t know what the tool is called) and cut a little channel in  the leather lace:

turkshead knot

It took me two tries to get the channel straight, but it ended up working out and I think this is the method that it looks like the original maker used. Here’s how mine turned out:

stock whip repair stock whip repair

If you had some sort of tool that you ran the lace over and were mass producing whips, this would be an effective way to save some time.  Obviously it only works if everything is pretty much the same size.  Based on how this whip was made, the maker was cranking them out, and not concerned with leaving little gaps.

This stock whip handle is on the way back to it’s owner!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

I’m finishing up a whip that I started a long time ago out of some scrap that was kicking around. It’s going to be a 4 plait bullwhip from cowhide.  I plaited the belly a long time ago:

how to make a bullwhip
I just cut out the belly and overlay:
bullwhip
Next up will be braiding it and putting the knots on the whip.  However I had a couple of whips come in for a repair, so finishing up this bullwhip will have to wait until the repairs are done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

My current project is an 8 foot bullwhip.  Here’s the core attached to the handle:

bullwhip

This whip is going to be a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip, so nothing fancy, just a working whip.

I use a “doubled” core, I first learned about doing this to my core from David Morgan’s book Whips and Whip Making:

This is a great book, if you don’t have it and want to make whips you need to have it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Riding Crop

Riding Crop

I recently had an order come in for a 24 plait riding crop in brown kangaroo.  Here’s the riding crop before a coat of shellac:
Riding Crop
And after a coat of shellac:

riding crop

Here’s a close up of some of the plaiting:

riding crop

The core of this riding crop is cane that was wrapped in rawhide.  Next up is making an 8 foot 4 plait cowhide bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I ran into a guy that had a bullwhip that needed a new fall hitch.  I retied it for him on the stop, he was more than thankful!  I didn’t think to take a pic of it before the new fall hitch or after, but I did take one in the middle of putting a new one on

bullwhip

If you need a whip repair, fall replacement or new braided cracker you can get more info about those services here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Crackers!

Crackers!

I feel like I’m always out of falls and crackers…and I usually need to make them.  I think I feel like if I make a couple dozen I should be good for a year…when in reality that’s only going to last me a week or two before I have to make more.

I just made a few dozen the other day and these are already gone.

crackers whip poppers

I’m going to have to make another batch in the next couple of days.  If you need any you can get them here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip Repairs

Stock Whip Repairs

Recently I have two stock whips come in for a repair.

stock whip repair

The first whip needed a new keeper:

stock whip repair
stock whip repair

The first step in replacing the keeper was cutting off the old one:
stock whip repair

Then I put a new keeper on, and it’s good to go:
stock whip repair

The second stock whip needed a keeper and a fall.  I started with replacing the keeper:

stock whip repair
So I cut off the old one:
stock whip repair
And put an new one on:
stock whip repair
While I was putting the lash onto the handle, I noticed the lash’s keeper was torn pretty bad:
stock whip repair
I called the owner and we talked about a couple of options and we decided to sew around the tear to add strength to the whip:

stock whip repair

And the whip is now back in crackin’ shape!
stock whip repair
These are in the mail back to their new owner.

If you’ve got a whip that needs a repair, feel free to contact me and we can chat about fixing it.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org