Right now the 8 foot two tone bullwhip’s overlay is about halfway finished.
I should finish up this bullwhip today or tomorrow and have it in the mail to it’s new owner by the end of the week!
Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit SALE!
It’s time for me to cut out some more of the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kits. While I’m cutting out a couple of them it’s not that much more work to make an extra one or two if I’m already working on them. So right now if you order a Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit you will get a $10 discount.
This discount is only good until I finish cutting up the leather to make a few kits to have on hand. Once I’m done I’ll end the sale and you’ll have to pay full price.
Currently I’m still working on an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip that will have a two tone overlay. The colors of the overlay are going to be black and tan:
This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and all of its internal construction is complete:
The next step is work on plaiting the overlay.
I also have finished an 8 plait beginners bullwhip. This one was made with the Indy Bullwhip look in mind. The main difference is that this has a 12 plait overlay and a 5 plait wrist loop where the screen used whips have a 12 plait overlay and a 6 plait wrist loop.
This bullwhip was made with a leather core, plaited leather belly and leather bolster. It’s available for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
Right now I’m in the middle of a little experiment. I’m making two bullwhips, these are cowhide leather bullwhips made with 8 plait overlays. Where they are different is the internal construction. One bullwhip has a flared core and a plaited belly. The other has a straight core, plaited belly and a bolster.
When I use the flared core the idea is reduce the drop off at the end of the handle foundation when using a spike for the handle. That’s the same thing that’s accomplished by using a bolster that starts at the end handle (ie not covering the whole handle). However by using a bolster you get the advantage of it filling up air pockets in between plaited layers.
Normally when I make kangaroo bullwhips I do both a flared core and a bolster that doesn’t cover the entire handle. However these whips that I’m experimenting with are cowhide whips and are intended to be made to sell for less. So the less time I can devote to them the cheaper I can sell them.
I’m hoping that I like how the one with just the flared core performs because it’s less work on my end.
Here’s a new ending to the whip trick where you knock a small cup out from under a bigger cup without sending the bigger cup flying across the room.
This idea has been in my head for a long time and I’ve finally gotten around to building it. I think it adds a bit more punch when you get the confetti flying out at the end. I know it’s not super visible in the video due to the light colored wall behind me, but onstage it will look pretty cool!
On Saturday I was performing in a variety arts festival called the Moisture Festival in Seattle. One of the acts that I was working with called Comedy Industries who are a juggling team used a bullwhip in their show. Here’s the bullwhip:
I’m on the road for the next few days so unless I run into some whips while I’m on tour you probably won’t hear from me until early next week.
Sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I normally do, I’ve been very busy performing, practicing a couple of new things for the show and finishing up scheduling my summer show tours.
Yesterday I had a show in the early evening that was about a block from David Morgan. Traffic was good and I got there about 20 minutes before I needed to set up so I popped by and visited will and Meagan and Will. I don’t normally run into a lot of whip people when I pop in there, but yesterday there was a father and son buying a pair of Karaka Whips.
I also met a two guys from Salt Lake City who had just gotten in the mail a couple of bullwhips from EM Brands Bullwhips:
The engraved silver bands look really cool in person. These whips also have an engraved plaque a the base of the handle which also look really great. They are a neat interesting touch that Bernie puts into the whips.
Before I had to run out the door to set up my show yesterday Meagan showed me something that they are reviving from old David Morgan catalog. I don’t know how much of a secret it is yet (or if it’s a secret at all) so I’m going to be a bit vague. It’s a whip they used to sell but stopped a while ago and they are starting them up again. The one I saw looks great, so all you David Morgan fans start saving up! Meagan said it’d be on their website before it’s in the catalog, so if you check their blog at www.davidmorgan.biz they’ll probably mention it there when they begin selling them on their website www.davidmorgan.com.
Right now is a very cool time in Seattle, there’s a variety arts festival called the Moisture Festival happening now until Easter. They say this is the biggest variety arts festival in the USA, and there are three acts in the festival that use whips in their show:
Leapin’ Louie says he’s doing whips in his act today and I don’t know if AJ silver will be doing whips or not in his act at the festival. As for me I won’t be doing whips in my act when I’m in the festival, they booked me to do my hand shadow act.
Earlier today I met up with Leapin’ Louie and we cracked whips a bit and had a cup of coffee:
Leapin’ Louie has a pair of Performance Hybrids from MidWest Whips and he says he loves them!
Here he is swinging around my pair of long handle bullwhips:
I had a great but short time with Leapin’ Louie before I had to head out to do a show.
I was running out of leather for bolsters, so yesterday I stopped by my local Tandy Leather Factory. I was looking at their 2-3 oz which is $5.35 a square foot. Then I noticed that they had 3-4 oz on sale for $49.99 a side! Normally I run my bolsters through a splitter to knock off any high spots, so getting a slightly heavier leather isn’t really adding much more work.
My local Tandy had just gotten a batch of these in, so I got to dig through a lot of them! The skins I bought were on the thinner side of the 3-4 oz weight and they were huge! Both of them were just over 35 feet (the average skin they had were 25ish square feet)! One was a nice clear skin, the other has some holes on the belly, however they were in an area I normally cut of so they are no big deal.
The nice thing about getting these two sides was that I was already in the area of the Tandy and picked them up, so there was no shipping or extra gas spend on them. They were a total of just under 70 cents a square foot! If you need some bolster leather now’s the time to check out your local Tandy Leather Factory!
I almost feel like I need to make a long whip so that I can take advantage of using the longer skin to make a bullwhip with a longer bolster with no splices!
I was also finally out of plaiting soap, so I cooked up a batch:
A couple of nights ago I started working on a riding crop. For this one I decided to use an exotic leather for riding crop’s hand grip. The hand grip on this riding crop is sharkskin and the core is rawhide with a cane center.
The overlay on it is 12 plait kangaroo.
There are a couple of patterns on it, but for the most part it’s a 4 seam plait.
Here’s the almost finished riding crop:
I still need to roll and shellac this riding crop.