Stock Whip…

Stock Whip…

Yesterday I made the lash for a cowhide stock whip.  This one is 5 feet long has a core, plaited belly and 4 plait overlay.   Also FYI if I recall correctly technically this is a yard whip not a stock whip.

For this stock whip I cut out the core at 2.5 feet and it flares out to approx 35mm at the 6 inch point then tapering to a point at 2.5 feet.

Stock whip

Next I cut out the set for the belly:

Stock whip for sale

These started at about 9mm and tapered to a point at about 6.5 feet.  Next I braided the belly:

stock whip plaited belly

After braiding the belly I cut a hole in the yoke and trimmed it to make it attached to the stock whip handle. Next I cut out the overlay:

stock whip

These were initially cut at about 19 mm tapering to a point at about 7.5 feet.  However in paring I took a good 2 mm off of each strand. Finally I plaited the overlay, attached the fall and stuck it on an SKT Stock Whip handle:

stock whip - skt whips handle

Stock whip - 4 plait cowhide with plaited belly

I still need to make my own handle for this stock whip.  I put my lash on the SKT stock whip handle was that I wanted to crack it right away!  This whip has a good crack, but I think it can be improved.  I’m going to have a bit more weight out in the  point of it.  That will give it a bit more oomph!

Currently I have something like 5 heavy cane handles and 3 slightly lighter cane handles.  So that means my I’ll get a handle for this stock whip, then two pairs of stock whips.  After that I’ll try to make one half plait handle with a kangaroo lash and finally a pair of kangaroo stock whips with half plait handles.

I was sort of amazed at how quickly I was able to make this stock whip lash.  Honestly I really shouldn’t be that amazed because there’s not much to it (compared to a bullwhip with two bellies, two bolsters and a higher plait count).

Louie
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Another 16 plait bullwhip is finished!

Another 16 plait bullwhip is finished!

Yesterday I finished making the other 16 plait two tone bullwhip!  This bullwhip was cut out the same time as the last one, but I didn’t immediately bang it out.   This bullwhip is 6.5 feet long and made in black and saddle tan kangaroo.

bullwhip for sale

Here’s a close up of the handle:

Plaited pattern in handle

Another thing that I did with this bullwhip was putting a couple of plaited patterns in the lash.  I’ve never really don that aside from right off the end of the handle.  Here’s the birds eye plait:

Bullwhip for sale

And here’s the 2 X 2 squares:

Plaited pattern in whip's lash

With this bullwhip I took a lot of care as to how I got into and out of different patterns on the whip.  So that the plaiting flows well and symmetrically into and out of the different patterns on both the handle and the lash.

bullwhip

Here’s a close up of the coiled lash:

bullwhip for sale

This bullwhip is listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

The next few whips that I’m planning to make are going to be stock whips.  In the past I’ve only made a few stock whips and they are something that I’d like to make more of and eventually a pair for myself.

Louie
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Plaited Kangaroo belt…

Plaited Kangaroo belt…

Yesterday I made a plaited kangaroo belt and today I put on the finishing touches.  The reason that I’m making this belt (which is for me!) is because we’re going on a cruise soon and my normal belt has a buckle.  I hate having to take my buckle on and off when going through the airport’s or the boat’s metal detectors.  So I picked up some plastic D Rings from David Morgan and this will be my travel belt.

Originally this started as a 15 plait belt:

15  plait kangaroo belt

However after getting about 4 inches into it and comparing it to the D Rings that I was using I decided the belt needed to be a bit wider.  I ended up adding two more strands to it making it end up as a 17 plait belt.

It’s a bit hard to see in the picture above, but this belt isn’t just a flat checkerboard plait.  It’s what Ron Edwards calls a Little Snake Plait in 15 plait and when I moved it  up to 17 plait Ron calls it a Brown Snake Plait.

To make a belt like this one the info in the books Little Snake and Stockmen’s Plaited Belts by Ron Edwards will teach you everything you need to know.

Ron Edwards

If you don’t have many of Ron’s books and do any plaiting you really should consider getting them.  You can find them at: http://ramsskullpress.com.  He’s got a lot more that’s of use to a whip maker than just the book How to Make Whips!

In the past I’ve only made a couple of plaited belts, so this was fun for me.  This belt was also the first time I’ve reversed the strands so that when the belt is threaded through the D Rings you don’t see the backside of the kangaroo.  Below are picks of the front and back side of the belt:

Plaited belt

Plaited belt

You can also see the attached plaited keeper on the belt.  When I was shellacing this plaited belt between coats I gave it a hit of Leather Honey.

This stuff is pretty cool, you put a bit on a sponge and wipe it on.  I’ve used Leather Honey on several things and it’s great for finishing  flat plaiting, on bullwhip falls and I’ve started using it on the bolsters and cores of the last couple of bullwhips that I’ve made.

Here’s the finished 17 plait belt:

17 plait Belt

stockmens belt

You may notice the variation in the color of the kangaroo lace in the belt. That’s because this was made from leftover kangaroo skin centers.  This plaited belt was made from three different kangaroo skins.  I kinda like the different shades of tan, it gives it a bit of texture!

Louie
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British Pathe – Old Tyme Newsreels!

British Pathe – Old Tyme Newsreels!

When I was looking for video of people taking tops off of bottles I found this cool website called http://www.britishpathe.com.

british path

It’s got old newsreel video and there’s a bunch on whip cracking.  Here’s what I found:

It’s interesting to see what people used to do for whip tricks, where pretty much everyone did very similar things and now with creative whip performers like Dante and Chris Camp there’s a lot more variety in whip performance!

Inspired by the old newsreels I tried opening a bottle of champagne (OK, it was sparkling wine) with a bullwhip…it’s pretty dramatic:


Louie
P.S. FYI the video in the last post isn’t 100% legit.  While technically the soda is sealed, I altered the cap and the bottle and resealed it with a bottle capper.   Still it looks great!

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Opening a Soda Bottle with a Bullwhip!

Opening a Soda Bottle with a Bullwhip!

One of the classic tricks with a bullwhip that you read about are people “Knocking the top off a bottle with a bullwhip”.  The first time I remember reading that trick in my mind the person was opening a bottle, not merely knocking a a cap that was placed on top of it of.

Here’s a video of the Seattle Snapdragon’s bullwhip group and in the second half of it you see them trying to knock the top off of a bottle…but it’s an opened bottle with the cap set upside down on top:

And here’s a link to an old time news reel that shows a guy knocking the stopper (cork) out of a bottle: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=10509 The bottle trick is showN at the beginning and again in slow motion at the end. And this one has a clearer view of another performer knocking the cork out of a bottle: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=65287
Finally here’s Dan Hassett knocking the cork out of a bottle while on horse back: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=28283
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of actually opening a bottle with a bullwhip.  I don’t know what recently got me thinking about this, but it’s been in my head for the last few weeks. Unfortunately the Seattle weather has been to wet to go out and try it, but that gave me time to think it through.  I’m using a long neck Coke bottle instead of a beer bottle with a shorter neck.  Also the coke bottle is made from fairly thick glass on the neck compare to a beer bottle.  For a bullwhip I’m using  a fairly heavy four foot bullwhip that’s kangaroo and only 4 plait.  I use this bullwhip for a lot of tricks where there can be abrasive damage to the bullwhip.

Finally after a lot of thought I tried opening a bottle and here’s my first attempt:


Honestly I’m amazed that I got it on the first try, that’s why after I opened the bottle I stand there doing nothing, I’m stunned!

Hope you liked it!

Louie
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Another Two Tone Bullwhip…

Another Two Tone Bullwhip…

My current project is another two tone bullwhip. This one is also black and saddle tan and 16 plait with some designs in the handle.

16 plait bullwhip

I’ve got it plaited to the 3 foot mark and today I should have time to get some more work on it done!

Also today is the last day to order anything IN STOCK if you want it delivered by Christmas (in the USA) and today is the last day that everything IN STOCK is 10% off.

Louie
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Bullwhip on ebay!

Bullwhip on ebay!

Yesterday I listed the 16 plait kangaroo bullwhip on ebay.  I figured it would make a great last minute Christmas present for someone (or yourself).  I did a shorter auction so that it ends in time for it to be delivered in the USA by Christmas.

Click here to view the auction!

Normally this bullwhip would sell for $490, but during this auction the opening bid is only $325 and the “Buy It Now” is $425.  This is a great chance to get a sweet deal on this bullwhip.

Also from now until Tuesday 12/20/11 at 1pm all of the whips on my IN STOCK whips page are 10% off.

Louie
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Kangaroo Skins!

Kangaroo Skins!

Today was a fun day at the mail box there was a box of kangaroo skins from Midwest Whips!  There were four skins two natural tan, one black and one red:

These kangaroo skins had a long journey (time wise) from Nevada to Washington State.  Normally it takes 2 days for me to get kangaroo skins from Paul and sometimes there get here the next day.  This shipment took 6 days!  Based on the tracking number they sat in a post office sorting center in Las Vegas for about 4 days.  Good thing I didn’t need these for an custom whip I was trying to get out for someone’s Christmas present!

That said if you are thinking of getting a whip for someone for Christmas I still have a few IN STOCK whips page but don’t wait until the last minute and have a postal delay cause your whip to be a New Year’s present!

Louie
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Visiting David Morgan’s Shop…

Visiting David Morgan’s Shop…

Yesterday I happened to be in Bothell and popped by David Morgan’s shop.  It’s been a while since I’ve been there for more than a few minutes and the first time I’ve hung out in the braiding area since they remodeled.  I have a great time talking to Meagan, Will, Mike and Alex while I was there.

I’m planning on making a plaited belt that will have plastic D’s instead of metal ones for going through  metal detectors when I travel.  So I picked up a few plastic D’s while I was there.  Also about a year ago I cracked Will Morgan’s  pair of SKT stockwhips and liked them and while chatting with Alex somehow the SKT stockwhips came up in the conversation and I ended up buying one.

stock whip

They still have a few of these left in stock over at David Morgan’s shop and they would make a great Christmas present.  For more info on these stockwhips visit: http://www.davidmorgan.com/product_info.php?products_id=1151.

Yesterday I also managed to get the handle plaited on the 16 plait bullwhip that I started a couple of days ago and today I should be able to get a bit more of the lash finished.  I’ll post pics later today or tomorrow.

Louie
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