Over the weekend the two Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips that needed knots got them.
After I finished them I found another Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhip that was the plaited belly with the overlay cut out and just need to be braided. So I started that and am about halfway finished with the overly. I wonder if I’ll ever get to the pair of whips that I’d like to make!
Right now I have two Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips in the works. They are almost finished, they just need turksheads and to be rolled.
I stared these whips a while ago and never got the knots on them. For some reason this morning I got a craving to make a pair of four or five foot whips, but I figure I should finish these first. Once they are finished they’ll be listed on my IN STOCK whips page.
Sorry I haven’t haven’t been posting recently, I’ve been on the road performing for most of the last two weeks and haven’t had a chance to do any whip making, or had much free time to even write up a post.
Here’s a couple of pictures from the whip workshop that I did in Corvallis Oregon a couple weeks:
I also found this video about whipmaking with Adam Savage where he talks about making a bullwhip.
It’s interesting how passionately he explains how he did things and how much incorrect information he gives. Like saying an 11 foot bullwhip is “insanely long” and that “no whip cracker would use a whip that long” is downright wrong. He does a good job at explaining how much work goes into making a bullwhip, and anyone that wonders why a good whip costs so much should watch this.
I’ve been a very busy boy over here the last few weeks! I’ve had a 2-3 show per day performing schedule, filling bullwhip orders as they come in and trying to build up stock for two different workshops this week. Luckily for me next week the two workshops will be over.
Yesterday I has a couple of orders for stock whip kits come in and I only had one in stock, so I had to make up some more to fulfill the order and to have at least on in stock. When I make these stock whip kits I need to make at least two (usually three) at a time to make it worth the time to make them. It takes me about 90 minutes to make one from scratch, but only about 2ish hours to make three of them. So making them in bulk saves me some time!
Here are a couple of them:
Currently I have three deluxe beginners bullwhips in the works. All three have the bellies finished and overlays cut out. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have time to do all the strand prep and get at least one them braided!
Yesterday I finished up a couple of bullwhips which are 4 feet long and are 4 plait cowhide leather:
They both have a nice crack to them! These bullwhips are some of the ones that I’m taking with me next weekend when I’m in Corvallis Oregon teaching a beginners bullwhip workshop at the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention.
I need to “crack the whip” here before I head down and make sure I’ve get some more beginners bullwhips finished by next weekend. My little sale that I had over the weekend sold three of the whips that I was going to take down there. That’s not a bad thing and I’d rather sell a bullwhip now rather than maybe sell one later. However now I have to try to build up a bit more stock in the next week on top of my performing schedule.
Currently I have three Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhips in the works with the cores made and attached (with grease soaking in them) and the bellies cut out. Today I’ve got a semi full performing day, but hopefully I can get a belly or two finished.
Speaking of performing, if you are in the Seattle area today I’m performing at a small black box theater called the Odd Duck Studio tonight. I’m headlining this comedy show and I’m planning on featuring my bullwhip act as part of the show. Show time is 8:30pm and while this isn’t an all ages show, I think it’s a 16years old and up show. However if you are bringing a teenager contact the venue first because I’m not positive that it’s not an 18 or 21 and up show.
Yesterday I finished up two bullwhips. The first is an 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip:
The bullwhip above is going out in the mail to its new owner this morning. The second bullwhip is a Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhip:
This bullwhip has been made for the beginners bullwhip cracking workshop that I’m doing at the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention. While this bullwhip is intended for that workshop, you are more than welcome to buy it and I’ve got it listed on my IN STOCK whips page. Hopefully I’ll find time to make a few more before the convention starts at the end of the month.
Yesterday I had a bullwhip come in for a new fall and to get its point replaited. Here’s the bullwhip when it came to me:
I unplaited the point and shortened this bullwhip by about 2 inches and then retied the fall hitch over a new fall:
I took this out and gave it a few cracks and it’s back in business!
Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention
At the end of the month I’ll be at the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention in Corvallis Oregon from June 29th to July 1st 2012. I’ll be there doing a beginners bullwhip workshop on Saturday 6/30/12 at 1pm and performing in the stage show that evening at 7pm.
In addition to teaching and performing I’ll have a little vendor table with some bullwhips for sale. If you are in the area this is a FREE event and will be a lot of fun. I’ll also have some special “convention only” pricing on bullwhips, so if you are looking for a bullwhip and are in the area come by and get a great deal!
Yesterday I got some more work in on the 8 foot bullwhip. Here it is about 3 feet finished:
And here it it about 5 1/2 feet finished:
I should have time today to finish the overlay and tomorrow get the knots done and hopefully in the mail that day or first thing the following day.
Yesterday I visited the PSLAC’s (Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-op) monthly meeting. I’ve never been before and just happened to have a hole in my schedule where I could come by and visit. Since braiding is a very specialized form of leather work I didn’t expect to meet any other braiders, however I did meet Linda who makes some very cool Bracelets: