Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

Bullwhip Show…

June 24th, 2011

Summer is here and it’s now my very busy performing season.  That’s why it’s been a week or two since I’ve posted anything on this blog (sorry about that!), but once I get into the swing of summer I’ll be better at posting things.

Here are some pictures of the bullwhip portion of a library show I did yesterday:

The whip I’m using in the pictures above is a 4 foot 12 plait bullwhip that I made from white veg tanned kangaroo.

If you are in Washington State and want to try to catch me this summer my calendar of shows that are open to the public are on my performing website at www.louiefoxx.com.


P.S.  I’m in the running for a local award for family entertainment.  I’d greatly appreciate it if you voted for me.  To vote for me go to http://www.louiefoxx.com/teddy.html and put in my name LOUIE FOXX in the Entertaiment category (it’s the top one).

Plaiting Workshop

June 11th, 2011

I spent yesterday afternoon cutting up and paring seven sets of lace for eight plait dog leads.

plaited dog lead

These are for a workshop I’m doing to teach people how to do an 8 plait dog lead.  This class is limited to six people and is full.  Everyone who is going to be at my workshop has already taken a six plait class put on by someone else. I don’t know how they taught six plait and I hope my style isn’t too different from what was already taught so I’m not having to have the people in my workshop unlearn anything.  It’s not that my way is better than what they could have learned, but I’m teaching how I do it.


Here’s another six foot Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip that I finished yesterday:


This bullwhip has leather core, plaited belly, leather bolster and 4 plait overlay.  The fall is whitehide and the handle in 10 inches long.

This bullwhip would be an excellent bullwhip for a beginner!  I’ve got it listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

Currently I have two more cores attached to handles, so I’ll be making a couple more of these beginners bullwhips in the next week or two!


Yesterday I put on the bolster and braided the overlay on another 4 plait Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip:


It still needs to be rolled and  have the knots tied. I should have time to do that later today!


Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip

June 6th, 2011

Here’s the Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip that I finished a few days ago. bullwhip

I haven’t been doing as much plaiting as I would like the last few days. I’ve been busy working on other projects for my show.  For example I recently built a flea circus for my show:

seattle magic shows

And I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my shows that will tour around Washington and Oregon this summer (starting next week).



Beginners Bullwhip

June 1st, 2011

So far I have got the overlay finished on one of the four beginners bullwhips:

beginners bullwhip

I still need to build the heel knot foundation and tie the knots before this bullwhip is finished.  Later today I should be able to do the knots.  I also plan to cut out the bellies and overlays for the other three beginners bullwhips today.


Beginners Bullwhips

May 31st, 2011

Last night I started work on four beginners bullwhips.  I cut out the cores and attached them to handles:

bullwhip for beginners

These four cores will become Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips, which means they will have plaited bellies.



Tourist Bullwhips…

May 29th, 2011

The other day I was in Virgina City, Nevada which is a “frontier” town.  Several of the shops there sold bullwhips:

These whips really ranged in quality, the lowest quality sold for $2.99.  These are good for making the shopkeeper money and that’s about it!   I was actually in a store when someone was buying two to the crappy ones and the guy mentioned he was getting them for his kids to learn to crack.  He’s going to be very disapp0inted…but then they were only $2.99.

Tomorrow I’m back at home and Tuesday 5/31/11  the 15% off whip sale ends, so it’s your last chance to save on a new whip!

Also I have a 16 plait bullwhip on ebay right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/6-ft16-plait-WHITE-kangaroo-bullwhip-bull-whip-Louie-/220790044200

Sometime the first couple of weeks of June I”m going to try to find time to make 6 or 8 Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips.  These will probably be 6 feet long.


I’m on the road again this weekend and yesterday I was in Jacksonville, Oregon.  This is a “historic” town and was fun to walk through.  One thing I noticed on the way out of town was a statue of a cowboy on a horse:

bullwhip in oregon

What makes this statue interesting is that he has a whip (It might be a quirt).  Most cowboy statues don’t have a whip.  I think this is for a couple of reason, the main one being that kids will hang on it and bend or break it off.  Another reason is that I think it’s something that is structurally difficult to do.

One town over from Jacksonville in Medford, Oregon there is a similar statue and his whip is broken off.

Also my 15% off whip sale is continuing through Memorial Day Weekend ending on Tuesday, so if you have been thinking of gettting a bullwhip, signal whip, snake whip, etc now is a great time to order!  This sale applies to IN STOCK whips as well as MADE TO ORDER whips!


I don’t do this very often so take advantage of this sale on all IN STOCK and MADE TO ORDER bullwhips.  From now until Tuesday 5/31/11 I’m having a Memorial Weekend 15% off sale!

bullwhip sale
To view the IN STOCK whips visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4

To view your MADE TO ORDER whip options visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=0

Also here’s a picture of the finished 5 foot bullwhip:


This one is 5 feet long with an 8 plait kangaroo overlay and kangaroo rawhide highlights in the knots.


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