Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

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

bullwhip

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!

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

bullwhip

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

Louie
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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).

Louie

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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.

Louie
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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.

Louie

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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.

Louie
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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!

Louie
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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:

bullwhip

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

Louie

I’ve been on the road performing most of last week, which is why I haven’t posted recently.  I was performing at casinos and hotels.  My last stop was in Medford Oregon and while down there I visited a bunch of Junk Shops (aka antique stores).

I was looking for an old suitcase for my Flea Circus.  While looking for that I found this bullwhip:

bull whip

This bullwhip was for sale for $25…which I think is wishful thinking!  It was super dry and in my opinion more costume than functional.  However it’s always interested to find bullwhips for sale!

Louie
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Kangaroo Rawhide…

May 17th, 2011

Yesterday I got a bit more plaiting in on the lash of the 5 foot bullwhip (but  not much more).  However I did tie the transition knot:

bullwhip

The interweave on the turkshead is kangaroo rawhide.  I was doing something else with the rawhide and had some leftover so I did the interweave with it. This interweave will give this bullwhip a very unique look!  Rawhide (usually cow) is used for interweaves on knots in a lot of cowboy gear…but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it used in knots on a bullwhip before.  The reason it’s not used more is that it’s a pain to work with!

Louie
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