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.
The other day I was in Virgina City, Nevada which is a “frontier” town. Several of the shops there sold bullwhips:
These whips really ranged in quality, the lowest quality sold for $2.99. These are good for making the shopkeeper money and that’s about it! I was actually in a store when someone was buying two to the crappy ones and the guy mentioned he was getting them for his kids to learn to crack. He’s going to be very disapp0inted…but then they were only $2.99.
Tomorrow I’m back at home and Tuesday 5/31/11 the 15% off whip sale ends, so it’s your last chance to save on a new whip!
Yesterday I put the finishing touches on the 8 foot 16 plait bullwhip. First I built up the heel knot foundation:
The cap on the end of the whip (the leather that covers the lead or whatever makes the shape of the heel knot) was the best cap I’ve ever done! Unfortunately no one will ever see it unless they take the whip apart, so I took a picture because I’m very proud of it:
After putting the heel knot on it, rolling and shellacing it it was finished:
This bullwhip shipped out to its new owner yesterday evening!
One thing I’m always trying to do is come up with things to do with my scrap lace. I’ve got a ton of centers of kangaroo that’s too small for most of the lace I use for whips and pieces of kangaroo lace that’s about 5mm wide by 2 feet long. I use these occasionally as fillers, but I don’t use anywhere near as many as I have (or generate).
Here’s my first attempt of making a leather bracelet with a plaited center:
The whole thing is made from kangaroo. It’s not bad for my first try, but there are a few things I’d change if I do another one. The main change I do is that I’d use either a heavier leather or two layers of kangaroo stitched together for the body of the bracelet.
If you’ve thought about trying to make a bullwhip, these are a good cheaper alternative to kangaroo. I’ve made a few whips from this stuff in the past:
You have to use a bit more care when braiding with it because calf isn’t quite as strong as kangaroo. Also these skins aren’t drum stuffed, so you’ll have to grease them by hand before you can do any braiding with it.