I’m still working on two signal whips, which are frequently referred to as single tail whips. Technically any whip with one lash is a single tail, so that could be a bull whip, stock whip, snake whip, etc. However when someone calls or emails me asking for a single tail whip they’ve always been talking about a signal whip.
Here’s one of them almost finished:
This one just needs the wrist loop and knot put on.
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