Here’s a 4 1/2 foot bullwhip that I finished making a long time ago, but haven’t listed for sale until now. I was going to make it as part of a pair of whips, but never got around to making it’s match, so I’m selling it as a single whip.
This bullwhip is normally $325, however I’m offering a Holiday Speical Price on it. Right now you can get $25 discount on it, so it’s only $300 (with worldwide shipping included!). To order it visit the IN STOCK whips page.
Order it for delivery in the USA before 12/20/16 and according to the USPS it will arrive by Christmas!
Yesterday I finished up two bullwhips. The first is an 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip:
The bullwhip above is going out in the mail to its new owner this morning. The second bullwhip is a Deluxe Beginner’s Bullwhip:
This bullwhip has been made for the beginners bullwhip cracking workshop that I’m doing at the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention. While this bullwhip is intended for that workshop, you are more than welcome to buy it and I’ve got it listed on my IN STOCK whips page. Hopefully I’ll find time to make a few more before the convention starts at the end of the month.
I’m still working on the 8 foot bullwhip, I’m hoping to have it finished by Thursday night because I’m leaving town Friday for five days and would like this bullwhip in the mail before I leave. Here’s the handle with the lead attached:
One thing about making whips is that sometimes it seems you do more untangling of strands than you do braiding. When you plait a whip you are plaiting where you are working, and you are also plaiting the ends of the strands as well, that’s what creates the tangles:
The bullwhip currently has about 22 inches of the overlay plaited:
I’ve still got over 6 feet of plaiting, and knots and shellacing before it can be shipped out.
Here’s the pair of stock whips that I started last week now that they are finished:
It’s amazing the different in the amount of energy your body saves once lead is put in the handles! A bit of lead makes the whips much easier to hold on to. Also I tried out these whips with kangaroo and with white hide falls (one on each lash) and cracked them on the same handles.
After trying it with both types of falls I was surprised to find out that I preferred a kangaroo fall over the whitehide. Keep in mind this is on a pair of stock whips which quite often have a finer point than a bullwhip. Here’s the two stock whips being test cracked once I put a kangaroo fall on the second lash:
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.
I have the overlay of the 16 plait bullwhip finished and the fall attached. All I have left to do is put on the knots, roll the bullwhip and do some shellacing. Here’s the bullwhip in it’s current state:
I plaited the handle on this bullwhip differently from how I normally do two tone handles and I’m not 100% happy with the results. It’s not bad…but you’ll notice there’s a slight twist to the pattern on the handle. That’s because I did this by wrapping all 8 strands one direction then weaving the other 8 through them to get the pattern. Normally I do two tone handles one strand at a time. While this twist is purely cosmetic and will have not affect on how the bullwhip performs I don’t think I’ll be using that method the next time I do a two tone handle.
I gave this bullwhip a couple of flicks yesterday and it’s got a great crack!
The other day I was going through all the junk mail that we get at home and I noticed a flyer for the Black Angus Steakhouse. Here’s the flyer:
Do you see the bullwhip in the bottom left corner? At first I thought it was a reata then I noticed it had taper to it. Here’s a close up:
However based on the size of the plates and the size of the lash of the whip I’m guessing that either that’s a very skinny whip, huge plates or there’s a bit of photoshop going on!
Christmas Delivery of Bullwhips
My cut off date for orders of IN STOCK bullwhips is 1pm Seattle time on 12/20/2011 if you want them to arrive at an address in the USA before Christmas. I’ve got a couple of bullwhips, a signal whip and a few odds and ends IN STOCK. I’ll be adding the 16 plait bullwhip to my IN STOCK page as soon as I get it finished.
Also I have time to make one or two more Made To Order whips that would ship out before the 20th. If you are interested in something that’s not in stock give me a call at 206-669-3928 or email me before ordering for what colors of kangaroo I have in stock.