Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

Signal Whip In Progress

April 21st, 2011

Yesterday I made some progress on the 8 plait signal whip.

The overlay is basically finished.  I’m at the part where I need to start adding in the plaited cracker.  That’s probably my least favorite part of making signal whips.  Braiding the cracker really makes my hands sore.  However I’m pretty sure this signal whip will get finished today, then I can get back to work on the five foot  bullwhip!

Louie
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Signal Whip

April 20th, 2011

Last night I started the signal whip that I’m making out of the same skin as the 5 foot bullwhip. I’ve got the shotbag made and the overlay cut out:

Today I will have time to at least do the strand prep and probably find time to get the overlay plaited.

Louie
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5 Foot Bullwhip

April 19th, 2011

This morning I started work on a 5 foot bullwhip.  I haven’t really decided if it’s going to be 8 or 12 plait.

The kangaroo skin that I’m using is 62dm, which is almost the size of skin needed for an 8 foot bullwhip.  This kangaroo skin will also make a 3 1/2 or 4 foot signal whip.  The next step for this kangaroo skin will be to cut out the lace for the signal whip, saving the best part of the skin for the bullwhip which will have finer strands.

Louie
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Hamley’s

April 17th, 2011

Last week I was on the road performing and I drove through Pendleton Oregon.  One of the cool things about Pendleton is that Hamley’s is there.  They have some of the top rawhide braider’s working there.  It’s always fun to stop by!

Every time I stop by there it makes me wish I have a years to devote to really learn  how to braid rawhide.

Louie

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Bullwhip Repair

April 16th, 2011

Last week I had a bullwhip come in that needed a new point (and fall):

bullwhip

So I replaited the point and put a new fall on it:

bullwhip

I gave it a few cracks before I boxed it up and sent it back to its new owner.

Louie

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Finished Calf bullwhip

April 10th, 2011

Today I finished the overlay of a 7 1/2 foot Indy Style bullwhip:

bullwhip

And put the knots and wrist loop on it:

bullwhip

I gave this bullwhip a few cracks in my carport and it’s got a nice pop to it!  This bullwhip also has a great in the hands weight, it feels like you are holding a whip!

So I have three of these bullwhips IN STOCK right now (7 foot, 7.5 foot and 8 foot):

bullwhip

The middle one (the 7.5 that I finished today) is a bit darker than the others.  The reason for that is that it was made with “rawhide cream” instead of plating soap to braid it.  As far as plaiting goes, I liked the rawhide cream…except the cost!  It’s time to mix up a new batch of regular plaiting soap.

If you are interested all three of these bullwhips are available on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
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Bullwhip and a Mummy

April 8th, 2011

Lately I haven’t been doing much plaiting I’ve been busy performing and finishing filling up my summer calendar.  Right now custom plaiting jobs have been slow, so it’s a good thing I’ve been busy now with other stuff!

A couple of  nights ago I found time to get a few more feet of plaiting on my current bullwhip project:

bullwhip

And this week is my daughter’s spring break, so we’ve been doing some fun things during the day when we get a chance.  Today we went to the Washington State History Museum that had a mummy exhibit.  Here’s one of the displays:

plaited mummy

What makes this picture interested (besides mummies being cool) is that the guy in the upper left corner isn’t just wrapped like a cartoon scooby-doo mummy, but he’s plaited.  Here’s a close up:

plaited mummy

The arms and legs have a herringbone  plait.  Interesting…

Louie

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More Plaiting…

March 30th, 2011

This evening I managed to find time to get some plaiting in on a 12 plait bullwhip in calf:

bullwhip

Today I took it from the 3 foot mark to about 5 feet.  I won’t get a chance to do any plaiting tomorrow (I’ve got a very full performing day).

Louie

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16 foot Bullwhip

March 23rd, 2011

This afternoon I delivered this 16 foot bullwhip to its new owner:

bullwhip

I’m going to miss having this bullwhip around, it’s 12 plait kanagaroo.  It was a pain in the ass to make, but a great whip!

Louie
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Plaiting started…

March 9th, 2011

I decided to start plaiting the last calf bullwhip that I’m making (for now).  It’s about 3 feet into it:

calf bullwhip

I’m out of plaiting soap and didn’t want to cook up a batch before I left town so I’ve been using rawhide cream as lube for  plaiting:

rawhide cream

It works pretty well for the lubricating part of plaiting…however it doesn’t feel like it’s adding much “grease” to the strands (which isn’t surprising because rawhide dressing usually doesn’t have fat in it).  The part I’ve plaited is still very dry sounding, so I’m going to have to give it a hit of dressing when the whip is done.

Louie
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