Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I recently  had this bullwhip come in:

whip repair

It’s an 8 plait bullwhip that was made by Bernie at EM Brands whips.  It had the end chewed off by a dog.  After chatting with the owner we decided to just put the fall where the whip was chewed off and to leave the wrist loop as it is.

bull whip repair

I had to unbraid about a foot of the whip to create a little bit of taper to the point of the whip.

bullwhip repair

I tied a new fall hitch at that point and we’re good to go!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making Lot’s of Bullwhips…

Making Lot’s of Bullwhips…

One thing I’ve learned in the past about making big orders of bullwhips is the importance of stretching before you start plaiting.  For example yesterday I braided the insides and outsides of two six foot bullwhips, so that over 20 feet of plaiting!  My hands and arms are tired, however without doing a bit of stretching before braiding they’d be a lot more sore!

It’s not just the braiding, but the cutting and pretty much anything will wear out your hands, and I can’t lose time as I have a deadline for this order, so I can’t be out of work for a day or two because my hands are sore.

The other thing about making these whips is looking to have productive time that is a different task with my hands. So cutting is using my hands differently than plaiting which is different than rolling whips.

This is a hard balancing act as to save time it’s easier to do things Assembly Line Style.  So I try to do all of one task at a time.  It saves it set up and clean up time, as well as you get much faster at a particular task when you aren’t constantly changing gears.

Today should be the last day of plaiting overlays for the six bullwhips!  Tomorrow my hands will get a plaiting break as I get to work on the knots and making the handles for the stock whips!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Cutting Leather…

Cutting Leather…

Yesterday I got some braiding done and cut out some of the lace for the whips.  Here’s a couple of overlays and an inner and out belly:

bullwhip

I’m always amazed at how fast the inner layers of the whip get made, it’s the final layer that takes all the time, especially when I already have the bolsters cut out.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhips!

Bullwhips!

I just got started working on some bullwhips and some stockwhips.  I didn’t have enough kangaroo skins for the order, so I headed up to David Morgan to pick up some kangaroo:

kangaroo for making whips

I picked up a dozen kangaroo skins for the whips.  I got started on the bullwhips by making the cores (and plaiting one belly):

bull whip core

I’ve already got all the bolsters cut out. The next step is to get work on the cutting out the braided parts.

For larger orders like this to save time I try to work “production line” style.  Trying to do all of one thing for all the whips at the same time.  So I’ll cut out all the cores at the same time. Then I’ll attach them all at the same time. It saves a lot of time and mentally if I’m in a groove, I don’t get out of it by switching mental gears to another task.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Honesty in Condition of Whips for Sale…

Honesty in Condition of Whips for Sale…

Recently this ad for bullwhip someone is trying to sell crossed my path:

Vintage Braided Leather Bullwhip$25 (Madison)

bullwhip

Vintage Braided Leather Bullwhip
Great Condition, A little wear
60″ Long

This was a Craigslist ad (view it here) and I’m hoping the person has never seen a whip before in their life if they think it’s in “Great Condition” and that the end being blown off is “A little wear”.

However the plus side is that it’s only $25 bucks.  If it was in my local area, I’d probably try to get it for $15 – $20 and take it apart to see how it was built.  There’s probably no surprises in there, but I’d drop $20 on it as a learning experience.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Signal Whip

Signal Whip

I just finished a 3 foot signal whip (AKA single tail whip).

signal whip

A signal whip is different from a bullwhip in several ways.  A signal whip doesn’t have a rigid handle, it’s flexible.  It doesn’t have a fall and the popper is braided into the end of the whip. They are also measured differently, a signal whip that is 3 feet long, is actually 3 feet long. Where with a bullwhip the fall and cracker isn’t included in the measurement, so a 6 foot bullwhip is closer to 8 feet long.

These differences make signal whips ideal for indoor use.

I don’t have a category for signal whips to order simply because most people want something fairly specific and I would say most of the signal whips I’ve made were custom orders. If you’d like a signal whip, feel free to contact me with what you want and I’ll send you out a price quote.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org