24 plait stockwhip handle

24 plait stockwhip handle

For the last two days I’ve been working on making a stockwhip handle.  It starts as a 12 plait at the keeper end and ends at a 24 plait at the butt end.  I’ve got the overlay finished and just need to tie the knots on the handle…oh then I need to do make the thong.

Right now I’m reading the book Absinthe and Flamethrowers,  this book has tutorials on how to do a lot of things.  This book has a chapter on how to crack a bullwhip and that chapter’s expert is Robert Dante.  The book leaves lots to be desired (not Dante’s fault), but it does teach the forward crack and covers safety.

Also a couple of days ago I listed the 20 plait bullwhip on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220437911556

On Saturday I got a couple of books called the Turkshead Cookbook vol 1 and 2. These books have methods for tying all sorts of turksheads using a special “Turkshead Tool”.  I’ve tied a few knots with it with string, and I’m going to do one with some roo lace soon.  Once I try using it a bit I’ll write a litte review of the book.  So far I thinks its a good way to learn to tie complex knots.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Working on a Long handle bullwhip

Working on a Long handle bullwhip

Last night I started working on bullwhip with a 12 inch handle.  The handle is made of a piece of carbon fiber with a piece of spring steel inside it.

Last night I got both bellies plaited, and today I’ll try to cut out and attach the outer bolster.  I’m planning on doing this whip with a 20 or 24 plait overlay.   It’s funny that I was thinking about doing a higher plait count bullwhip for a little while, then I got the APWA’s newletter and this month it features a lot of higher plait count bullwhips.

Seeing pictures of the Henderson bullwhips in 20 and 24 plait (not to mention Chris Barr’s bullwhip) really inspired me…but it’s also very intimidating at the same time.

Since this will be my first higher plait count bullwhip I don’t expect it to be as good as those whips…but hopefully it won’t be super horrible!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org