Friday the 13th Whip Sale!

Friday the 13th Whip Sale!

Today is Friday the 13th which is considered to be an unlucky day…but if you are shopping for a whip it just might be your lucky day!  From today 1/13/12 until midnight on Sunday 1/15/12 all IN STOCK whips are 13% off!  This sale is limited to stock on hand and it’s first come first served.

Here are a couple of examples of deals you can get today:

4 Foot Signal Whip

Regular price:  $145Sale price: $126.15 Click here for more info on this Signal Whip!

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6.5 foot 16 plait Bullwhip

Regular price: 525.00
Sale price: $456.75
Click here for more information!

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To view what I currently  have IN STOCK and on sale click here!

Stock Whip and a Riding Crop…

Stock Whip and a Riding Crop…

Today I finished a riding crop and made a stock whip.  The stock whip is another 4 plait one and this one is made from veg tanned cowhide instead of the Latigo like the last few.  This one is made with the same basic construction as the previous stock whips as well.

Stock whip

The riding crop I started working on last night is from kangaroo and it’s a 24  plait ending at 16 plait.  The core is made from rawhide with a cane center.  This one has a lot of fun plaiting in it.

Riding Crop

My favorite part is the black band in the middle of the riding crop.

I also put a thinner slapper on this one than I’ve used in the past.

I originally made this as something I was was thinking of using to donate to a raffle…but part of me wants to keep it for myself!  However I don’t know if I need more things in my closet that I’ve made.  For now this riding crop and the stock whip are for sale on my IN STOCK page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Stock Whip Handles

Stock Whip Handles

Yesterday I finished up the handles on the pair of 4 plait cowhide stock whips I had in the works.  One thing I learned is when shaping the tips of the Toheti Canes I really should wear some sort of dust mask.  I still can taste the cane in the back of my mouth from all the dust I inhaled.

Here’s what the four canes looked like when I started:

Toheti Cane

Initially I notice that one of the handles was longer than the rest:

Stock whips

So I had to even them up:

Stock whips

Then the next step was to round the ends:

stock whips for sale

And finally sand in the shape of the tip:

Stock whip - how to make a stockwhip

I used a Dremel tool with a sanding attachment to shape them and it worked out pretty well.  I imagine something like a belt sander would work for shaping stock whip handles and be much faster!

Now the the handles were shaped I need to add the keepers at the top:

stock whip

At this point I put both lashes on the whips and took them to the park to try them out with unfinished handles.  The reason I didn’t want to wait was it wasn’t raining and it was still light out and if either of those things changed I wouldn’t get to crack them.

Also cracking them before the handles were finished let me know they needed a bit of lead in the handles.  It took a lot of effort to hold them while cracking and it made me realize a few things about handles:

  • The heel knot (butt knot) has a very function purpose besides having weight under it.  It actually makes the whip (of any type: bullwhip, snake whip, stock whip, etc) easier to hold on to while cracking!  Once that bulge is there you don’t need to really worry about the whip sliding out of your hand.
  • The plaited hand grip also contributes to making the whip easier to hold on it.  Bare cane is very slick!

Having to put a lot of effort into holding the bare cane handles really wore me out and after about seven minutes my hands were tired.  Here’s the whips being cracked:

So I got home and plaited the hand grips:

matched pair of stock whips

One thing about these whips is that all the leather is latigo.  A lot of half plait handles use kangaroo and I didn’t do that for these. The main reason is that I’m trying to finish up using this side of latigo!  So I cut lace for the handles and thinned it down and while not as pretty as kangaroo it matches the color of the lash!

And here are the completed pair of stock whips:

Stock whip pair

stock whips for sale

Stock whips

Stock whip pair

These were a fun project to make and I’ve got them listed on my IN STOCK whips page.  These would make a great first pair of stockwhips!

I think I have exactly enough latigo left to make one more pair of stock whips, so another pair will probably be my next project!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Spring Steel Bullwhip Handles and Stock Whip Lashes

Spring Steel Bullwhip Handles and Stock Whip Lashes

Recently someone asked me about what I use for spring steel in the handles of some of my whips.  Now first of all the main reason I use spring steel instead of a spike in some bullwhips is that it gives me a thinner diameter handle.  Also since the spring steel rods are custom made it allows me to have them be any diameter I want.   When using a spike you have very limited choices, I think 3/8 inch is pretty much the only size you can easily find 8 – 12 inch spikes in.

The reason I use spring steel and not a plain ol’ steel rod you get at the hardware store is spring steel won’t bend permanently.  For example if you were to go to your local hardware store and take a thinner diameter steel rod and bend it, you’d never get it straight again.  Where spring steel will always go back to it’s original shape…unless you heat it to something like 600 degrees and bend it while it’s that hot.

Spring steel rods are more expensive than regular steel rods, but I like the advantage of it always retaining its shape.  For example if you made a bullwhip with a regular steel handle and someone stepped on the handle it could bend and you’ve have a broken bullwhip.  Now with spring steel you could jump on the handle and afterwards it’s still be straight (as long as you didn’t put so much weight that it would snap the steel, however you’d have the same problem with a regular steel rod).

Here are two examples of the spring steel rods that I’ve used:

Bullwhip handles

The top one is 8 inches long and just over 4mm thick and the bottom one is 12 inches long by just shy of 6mm thick.  Also I refer to these as “rods” because to me that’s what they are…but if I recall right within the spring steel industry these are technically wire.

Generally I don’t use spring steel in bullwhips with 8 inch handles, however I have a few spring steel rods in that length for projects where I want a slimmer handle.

Right now I’m working on a pair of stock whips.  These have 5.5 foot lashes and so far only the lashes are finished (still need to roll them).

stock whip

Today I’m  planning on making the half plait handles and hopefully the weather will hold out and I’ll get to take them to the park!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Why Jrzjoe on ebay is up to Shifty Business!

Why Jrzjoe on ebay is up to Shifty Business!

Ok it’s time for me to go on another one of my fun rants about people selling whips on ebay.  Well, this specific person I don’t think I’ve ever written about or really given a crap about until last night.  Every now and then I look at the whips being sold on ebay to see if there is anything interesting being sold.

Last  night I found this auction: cache:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stock-man-Bull-Whip-kit-Build-your-own-Bullwhip-/150559781368.

The problem with the auction is not that he’s selling a Peter Jack Whip Kit, but he’s using a picture of mine to sell it!  If you look at the first picture which is of the stock whip on a black table top (that’s also the picture that was used to promote the auction in the search results).

Doesn’t that stock whip look an awful lot like the stock whip I made from a Peter Jack kit that I showed in this post from 8/31/10: http://bullwhips.org/?p=3754 or below:

stockmans whip

Now I’ll admit the pictures aren’t exactly the same because Jrzjoe intentionally cut off the slug with my website at the bottom of the picture!  So it is in fact the same picture only cropped!  That means that not only are they illegally using my image, but they intentionally removed an identifying mark!

Alright now that I’ve established it’s a picture of a whip that I took.  According to US Copyright Laws it’s my picture and I own all rights to it.  Now this is where is copyright can get tricky because if I had used something like flickr to upload it I may have lost some ownership in it.  I don’t know flickr’s policies because I don’t use them, but many online photo sharing websites in their terms and conditions when you check that box you lose some of your exclusivity / rights to your image.  Fortunately for me the only place that picture has ever been published is on my blog.  I 100% own that photo and only I get to decide how it’s used (well technically my wife owns it as well because I live in a community property state).

I contacted Jrzjoe directly and asked him to take it down as well as contacted ebay’s Verified Rights Owner Program to let them know he was illegally using my picture.  Well I guess the system works because ebay not only took down the the picture, they took down the whole auction!

Now a few questions that popped into my head

I was wondering why he was using my photo to sell the Peter Jack Whip Kit.  Surely Peter Jack the maker of the whip kit has a  picture of one of the stock whips.  Or if Jrzjoe makes such great whips, then why would he use a picture of one that I made?

Or why wouldn’t he make one from the kit and use that for a picture to illustrate it and sell the completed whip?

And finally why would you pay $99.85 for a Peter Jack stock whip kit from Jrzjoe when you can get one from Peter Jack for $77 (That’s what I paid when I bought mine) with shipping to the USA included?  That’s a 23% discount from Jrzjoe’s price!

Jrzjoe’s Response to Me After ebay Shut Down his Listing

This morning I got an email from Jrzjoe after ebay closed his listing.  Here’s his email:

Why? I guess if you have a listing that is similar I could have had it removed, since I have this listed for years. Joe

Here’s why he is so dumb and his email to me simply proves it:

“Why?” Umm, because it’s the law?

“I guess if you have a listing that is similar I could have had it removed, since I have this listed for years” Really he’s had it listed for years?  According the the listing it was updated on 4/23/11 and there were no other revisions.  So this listing is just over 8 month old, so by “years” he could be talking about .8 years.  I think if you were to say Point eight years, that would using correct grammar, but he didn’t include the .8 so he’s meaning multiple years.

Ok let’s give Jrzjoe the benefit of the doubt and say he’s had this listing up before and this is a re-listing that took place in April.  Fine…but the picture didn’t exist until 8/30/10 and wasn’t published until the next day, so at most the listing with my image is just over 1 year and 4 months old.  While technically the listing is over a year old I think the average person would agree that calling it “years” would be a bit of a stretch.

The Whip Industry Shouldn’t Tolerate This!

One thing that the entire whip industry (buyers, sellers and makers) should do is not let Jrzjoe or anyone get away with using someone else’s pictures to sell their wares without permission.  There have been at least two “known” whip makers that have used pictures of Joe Strain‘s whips and tried to pass them off as their own.  In both those instances the whip maker has been called out on it and the pictures removed from their sites.

The whip industry is small enough someone like Jrzjoe infringing on my copyrighted image, that’s what they call in marketing Industry Incest and he’s making his gene pool much dumber by engaging in it!

For someone not in the whip industry it’s hard to know who belongs to what, however most whip makers can recognize their own work from a picture.  When I saw my picture on Jrzjoe’s listing the first familiar thing I noticed wasn’t the whip, but the table it was photographed on, then the whip. Whip makers as a whole do a good job of letting each other know when we see someone using a picture of theirs without permission.

What can you as the consumer of whips do?  It’s simple don’t give business to people like Jrzjoe.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Last night I performed at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, WA as part of an arts festival.  This historic theater was built in 1918 and pretty much any Vaudeville act working on the Pantages Circuit performed at this theater.

Pantages

Here’s my daughter, Miss Ella and I onstage working the bullwhip:

Bullwhip
Right after this picture was taken I crack the bullwhip and Ella say, “It’s past my bed time” and then runs off stage.

We had a great time at that theater!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

4th Annual Bullwhip Demo at SANCA

4th Annual Bullwhip Demo at SANCA

A couple of days ago John Leonetti, Will Morgan and I did our Fourth Annual Bullwhip Demo at SANCA Seattle.  This year we added Restita DeJesus as one of the instructors!  The demo ran about two hours, the first  half was classroom style and covered topics like:

  • Whip History
  • Different Types of Whips
  • Caring for a Whip
  • Safety
  • Short Demos

After the first half we broke into two groups and taught the basic cattleman’s crack to everyone and then the last few minute we regrouped and chatted about everyone’s whip cracking experience.

Here are the pictures that I took:

Here’s a video of Will doing a comedy body wrap, John doing some bullwhip cracking ending with a body wrap on me:

One piece of advice that was shared in this Bullwhip Demo was that if you are new to whip cracking or even a more experienced whip cracker you should try to find a whip group to crack whips with.  You can learn a lot and one of the best things is that you can try whips from all sorts of different makers!  Most major cities have some sort of whip enthusiasts group or western group.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Dog Leads!

Dog Leads!

I was cleaning up yesterday and I found a bunch of dog leads that I had made about a year ago.  All of these are cowhide leather except for one that’s kangaroo.  I had originally made about two dozen or so of these and sold them at a craft fair that benefited the preschool my daughter used to go to.  These are the ones that were unsold after the craft fair and I put them away and forgot about them.

These dog leads are made from veg tanned leather which is an environmentally friendly tanning process.  That’s something important to look for in any dog lead, something that’s not made with potentially poisonous chemicals that could potentially lead to health problems down the road for your dog.  So many of the leather dog leads that are mass produced and imported from places like India don’t tell you how the leather was tanned and you don’t know what you are getting.

Making dog leads is a good way to get use up smaller bits of leather that are left over from whip making.  I’ve listed these on my Dog Leads page.  All of these are in stock and ready to ship out!

One day I’ll make an in stock page for all the little odds and ends that I make with my left over kangaroo lace.  These are things like key fobs, bracelets, mini-horse tack, etc.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished Stock Whip!

Finished Stock Whip!

Yesterday before heading out to visit family for Christmas Dinner I managed to sneak in a few minutes to make the handle for the stock whip.  Here’s the finished stock whip on my handle:

stock whip

The handle is 20 inches and the lash is 5 feet.  I didn’t add lead or anything to this stock whip because with a 5 foot lash I didn’t think it was necessary.  The lash of a 5 foot stock whip is lighter than the lash of a 5 foot bullwhip even though the stock whip lash is longer (because of how I measure them).

Here’s what I am using to as my base line for making cowhide leather stock whips are two other stock whips that I have:

stock whips

These stock whip are:

  • Left: The one I made
  • Center: Peter Jack (The Whip Man) –  Stock Whip kit
  • Right: SKT Whips

By comparing the whip that I made to the one that Peter Jack cut out and I plaited and the one by SKT whips that was made entirely by SKT whips it give me a good idea as to how my stock whip compares.   I know I am using a very different method for making my stock whip than Peter Jack and SKT Whips, but method doesn’t concern me as much as the final results,  how it cracks.

I was also digging through my whips and it turns out I have and have made a lot more stock whips than I thought previously.  By “a lot more” it’s something like 5 or 6 stock whips instead of 2 or 3 stock whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Stock Whip…

Stock Whip…

Yesterday I made the lash for a cowhide stock whip.  This one is 5 feet long has a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay.   Also FYI if I recall correctly technically this is a yard whip not a stock whip.

For this stock whip I cut out the core at 2.5 feet and it flares out to approx 35mm at the 6 inch point then tapering to a point at 2.5 feet.

Stock whip

Next I cut out the set for the belly:

Stock whip for sale

These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet.  Next I braided the belly:

stock whip plaited belly

After braiding the belly I cut a hole in the yoke and trimmed it to make it attached to the stock whip handle. Next I cut out the overlay:

stock whip

These were initially cut at about 19 mm tapering to a point at about 7.5 feet.  However in paring I took a good 2 mm off of each strand. Finally I plaited the overlay, attached the fall and stuck it on an SKT Stock Whip handle:

stock whip - skt whips handle

Stock whip - 4 plait cowhide with plaited belly

I still need to make my own handle for this stock whip.  I put my lash on the SKT stock whip handle was that I wanted to crack it right away!  This whip has a good crack, but I think it can be improved.  I’m going to have a bit more weight out in the  point of it.  That will give it a bit more oomph!

Currently I have something like 5 heavy cane handles and 3 slightly lighter cane handles.  So that means my I’ll get a handle for this stock whip, then two pairs of stock whips.  After that I’ll try to make one half plait handle with a kangaroo lash and finally a pair of kangaroo stock whips with half plait handles.

I was sort of amazed at how quickly I was able to make this stock whip lash.  Honestly I really shouldn’t be that amazed because there’s not much to it (compared to a bullwhip with two bellies, two bolsters and a higher plait count).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org