Bullwhips – Handmade by Louie

Signal Whips…

July 5th, 2011

I recently started work on three signal whips.  All three of them are going to be four feet long and made from kangaroo.   First I made three shotbags:

single tail shot bags

Then I filled  them and cutout bolsters.  Here’s a picture of the progression of shotbags and attaching the bolsters:

Signal Whips

And finally here’s the first completed signal whip:

8 plait signal whip

This signal whip is 8 plait with a 5 plait wrist loop.  This one is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.  The next one is going to be a 12 plait signal whip in black kangaroo with two white strands.   The third signal whip will probably be a 16 plait signal whip.


From now until I wake up and update the prices on July 5th all IN STOCK whips are 17% off!


To see what I’ve got IN STOCK visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4 Currently I have several bullwhips in kangaroo and cow leather, a signal whip and a snake whip.

This is a great chance to get a new whip to crack this summer!


Three Whips

July 3rd, 2011

Yesterday I cut out a batch of falls and got them soaking in grease:

whitehide fall

I also finished  plaiting two Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips and one short snake whips.

bullwhips and snake whips

I made the bullwhips with the same knots and general look as David Morgan’s iconic bullwhip that was used by Indiana Jones.  The two main differences is that these are 4 plait cow instead of 12 plait kangaroo and these have four plait wrist loops instead of six plait wrist loops.



I still need to roll these bullwhips…and they are available on my IN STOCK WHIPS page.

The short snake whip isn’t for sale, it’s for a friend of mine.


Yesterday I started plaiting two six foot deluxe beginners bullwhips.  I got the bellies plaited:


And one of the overlays finished:

bull whip

I’m out of falls, so I need to cut them out before I can finish either of these whips.  One thing I did because I couldn’t put a fall on the whip that’s overlay is finished is that I braided it an extra couple of inches and tied off the loose strands.  That way when it’s time to put the fall on I don’t have to undo  the point and replait it to make sure it’s tight.  This way I just unbraid about 2 inches and it should still be tight at that  point.

After these two Deluxe Beginners Bullwhips I’m going to start working on a few cowhide signal whips to use up the rest of this side of leather.

Here’s a bracelet that I made for myself a little while ago:

wrist band

plaited bracelet

The body of it is cowhide and the plaited portion is kangaroo.


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.


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