10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

I’m taking a quick break from making the final two 4 plait Beginner’s Bullwhips to work on something a bit more mentally challenging (but slightly easier on the hands).  I’m working on a 10 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  Here’s the completed inner bellies:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

And here’s the finished bullwhip (before a coat of shellac).

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

This bullwhip is on its way to its new owner!

Louie
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Bullwhip in the Works…

Bullwhip in the Works…

Currently I’m working on a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip built in the style of the Indiana Jones Bullwhip.  For this whip at 10 feet it’s hard to find one skin that is big enough to make the whole whip out of, so I’m staring with two skins.  I made a quick trip up to David Morgan to pick through their skins and pick out two that will work for this project.

bullwhip

Both of these skins are in the low 50 decimeter size.  One will be the two bellies and the other will be some lace and the 12 plait overlay.

Here’s the finished inner belly:

bull whip

And here’s the completed interior of the bullwhip:

bullwhip

Finally for today I cut out the 12 plait overlay and lace for the wrist loop.

whip

Tomorrow the real work starts, and that’s doing the strand prep and beginning to plait the overlay.  The interior is much easier to do that the final layer.

Oh, while at David Morgan I always have to drool over the shop whip:

bull whip

If I recall correctly, this is an 8 foot bullwhip and it’s amazing!

Louie

10 Foot Bullwhip

10 Foot Bullwhip

I’m currently working on a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip in black kangaroo.  When the order came in I was out of kangaroo, so I made a little trip up to visit everyone at David Morgan.  One thing I love about getting kangaroo skins from David Morgan is that I’ve never gotten a bad skin from them.  They always pull exactly what I need!

This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and cow leather core:

bullwhip

bullwhip core

The inner plaited belly was made from some leftover brown kangaroo that I had kicking around.

bullwhip kangaroo

bullwhip plaited belly

Then the inner bolster is cow leather and this is a short bolster that doesn’t cover the entire handle.

I’ve got the next belly cut out of the outside of the black kangaroo skin that I bought yesterday, however I  need to pare it and split it down to a uniform thickness.

Louie
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Cracking w/ James Maxwell

Cracking w/ James Maxwell

Last weekend James Maxwell was visiting town from Montana and we went to the park for a few hours.  Here’s him doing some arm wraps:

whip cracking trick

And a close up:

bullwhip trick

Here’s the pile of bullwhips we were cracking:

bullwhips

And here are some bullwhips that I made for James a bit over a year ago and they’ve held up well!

10 foot bullwhip

Above is a 10 foot bullwhip and below is a 4 foot bullwhip.

4 foot 12 plait bullwhip

The bullwhip below is a 6 foot “Maxwell Special” that was made to James’s specifications.

bullwhip

Originally he didn’t want a transition knot, that’s why there isn’t one.  But he asked me to add one in, so I put one in (changed the fall and tightened up the point).

bullwhip

It’s nice to see how my whips hold up over time.  I think the “Maxwell Special” bullwhip is almost 2 years old and is still cracking great!

Here’s James doing some target cracking:

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Two Bullwhip Videos

Two Bullwhip Videos

It’s finally dry enough outside to go out and test crack a couple of bullwhips.  Here’s a 8 foot 8 inch Indy bullwhip that’s not quite finished (I’ll post more about this bullwhip later):

Also here’s the 8 foot Young Indy bullwhip, the more I look at this bullwhip and have now cracked it the more I want to keep it…but I don’t have the space.

Louie

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Works in Progress…

Works in Progress…

I’ve been a busy boy lately, here’s some of what I’ve been working on:

Black Bullwhip

 

Black Bullwhip

This Black 12 lait bullwhip still need some finishing touches (rolling and shellac).

 10 foot KotCS

10 foot KotCS Bullwhip

Above is a picture of the bullwhip with about a foot and a half of the overlay plaited. Below the whip has about 5 feet (half) of the overlay finished.

 

Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style bullwhip
Below is a great picture of the strands below the work on the whip (on the floor).  As you plait on the thong, the ends of the strands also plait, so you end up with a tangle on the floor at your feet.  This is why its important to untangle them periodically.  If you look close at the tangle it’s got a nice loose braid.

 

Bullwhip Making

10 Foot Natural Tan Indy Bullwhip

I’ve got one and a half Morgan style Indy bullwhips cut out, they just need to be braided.

8 foot Young Indy Bullwhip

Everything is cut out for this bullwhip, it still needs to be dyed before being plaited.  

For the next few days I don’t have any shows, so I’m hopefully going to be able to get take a fairly large chunk out of my bullwhip backlog.  I should have the plaiting on the KotCS finished tomorrow and get a couple of bellies plaited for the 10 foots and the young Indy bullwhip.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org