Yesterday I finished the overlay of the bullwhip and attached the fall. In the picture below you can see the foundation for the transition knot. Having a knot here is basically a cosmetic thing, it doesn’t serve much function here, except for covering the change in plaiting pattern, which isn’t a big deal going from checkerboard to a 4 seam pattern. Any decent whip maker should be able to make that transition look good and not have to cover it with a knot.
When you have a whip where the pattern and the lash and handle are the same the top knot can be a visual indicator for the user as to where the rigid handle ends. I put a knot foundation under my transition knot (not everyone does) and that tightly wound string does add some structural support, but I bet it’s a negligible amount.
Next up was to work on the wrist loop. Usually I make this out of the lace that was leftover from over-cutting the overlay:
The wrist loop for this whip is 6 plait because it’s an Indiana Jones style bullwhip. It gets attached to the handle.
Tomorrow I’ll start working on the heel knot and do some shellacing and rolling. Hopefully this will ship out tomorrow!
I’ve gotten some work in on the overlay of this 8 foot bullwhip:
I’m about at the 6 foot mark, so I’ve got another about 2 feet to go before the overlay’s plaiting is finished. I’m hoping to get the overlay done today and get the rest of the lace for the knots and wrist loop cut out.
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:
The inner plaited belly was made from some leftover brown kangaroo that I had kicking around.
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.
I started making this Cat O’ Nine Tails a long time ago! It was for a customer that ordered one and may have needed a second matching one. To make the work easier for me I started them both at the same time so that I could match diameter and thickness of the lashes. Turns out they didn’t need the second Cat O’ Nine Tails, so this one has had work very slowly put in on it over the last year.
This whip had all the lashes plaited, but they needed to be tied off, so yesterday I put the knots on the ends of all the lashes.
Now all that’s left to do is put on a wrist loop, do the two turksheads and shellac. This Cat of Nine Tails has slightly different construction than I would normally use. Normally I would use a shot loaded core, but this one (and it’s mate) have fiberglass cores. Hopefully I’ll finally finish this over the next few days!
Well this project is almost finished! I started it a long time ago and between whip orders and my performing schedule this has taken forever to finish.
They still aren’t finished yet, I’m currently shellacing them and once that is done they will be finished. I don’t know if I’m going to sell them as a set or individually. However before I make them available for sale I’m using them as an example for an article on the different kinds of whips.
This has taken me way to long to finish work on, but I think it turned out pretty cool looking! Here’s the finished 6 foot bullwhip with ostrich leg handle and 12 plait kangaroo lash:
I gave this bullwhip a couple of cracks and it’s got a nice crack to it!
Also if you look at the cracker on this bullwhip this is what a cracker that’s only been cracked two times should look like, not like the one on the whip that I reference in this post: http://bullwhips.org/?p=5703
I was cleaning up the other day and found a small piece of stingray that I had bought a long time ago. It was only about 6 inches long, so I’m not sure what my original plan was for it because it’s not long enough for an 8 inch bullwhip handle. After finding it I decided to make a Mini Bullwhip.
This Mini Bullwhip is 4 feet long has a plaited belly, a shot loaded core and a 5.5 inch handle. Originally I was going to do a two tone knot on this Mini Bullwhip like the transition knot in the picture below.
My original thinking was a white highlights would compliment the stingrays white pearl. After I tied that knot I realized it overpowered the white in the stingray. So I decided to go with all black knots.
I still need to roll this whip and shellac it. It should be listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page later today.
Someone had emailed me recently asking me if I could make them a French Dog Whip. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any info on a French Dog Whip, but I did find info on a German Dog Whip. From my research I’ve learned that they really aren’t used in training dogs anymore because they don’t meet training standards for most competitions. Currently from what I can tell they are mostly used for “Lifestyle Whip Cracking”.
I found the look interesting and decided to try to make one. This was a bit of a challenge because aside from seeing a picture I have no idea how the thing is used. Since it was a proof of concept type project I made this one in some leftover leather that I had kicking around.
Basically the whip consists of a long handle, lash and a slapper (loop of leather for a fall). Also on the butt end there is a metal clip. Here’s what I turned out:
Apparently these whips used as slapping whips and were made by braiding from the slapper down towards the handle. I didn’t do that. From my research these whips are also to clip two or more dogs to the slapper. Over time that would wear out the slapper and have it break in half.
For this whip the slapper is the filler for the lash of the whip. However it if ever breaks, you can simply cut off the old one at the point add another slapper via the fall hitch without having to buy a whole new whip.
I gave the chair in my office a few good flicks with this and it was loud enough for my wife to me in and see what the commotion was and she’s used to me cracking whips in the office.
This was a fun little project for me to make. I just listed it for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.