Beginner’s Bullwhips!

Beginner’s Bullwhips!

I’ve had some extra time the last couple of weeks and used that time to make a couple of the Beginner’s Bullwhips.  These bullwhips are made of cowhide (mostly).  They have a leather core, 4 plait belly and 4 plait overlay.  The knots are kangaroo.
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All of these whips are 6 feet long.  I just listed them on the IN STOCK whips page.  There are only three…you can get one, two or all three.

Louie

4 Plait Bullwhip

4 Plait Bullwhip

Yesterday I finished work on a 4 plait kangaroo bullwhip and it’s shipping out today to it’s new owner.

bullwhip

I gave it a few cracks yesterday and it’s got a nice crack to it!

The nice thing about having to buy an oversized kangaroo skin to cut this out from is that I probably have enough leftover for a 4 foot bullwhip!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

For all of the readers of this blog in the USA, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Since my wife doesn’t let me do any of the Thanksgiving cooking, so I’m up in the shop working on a couple of whips:

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These are going to be two of the Beginner’s Bullwhips that I make.  I plaited both bellies a while ago and I cut out the overlays this morning.   I’m using some free time today to hopefully finish them up…or at least get the overlays finished.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

5 Foot Beginner’s Bullwhip…

5 Foot Beginner’s Bullwhip…

It’s been a while since I’ve made any of my “Beginner’s Bullwhips”.  This one is one of the deluxe models which has a plaited belly.

Bullwhip

This particular bull whip is 5 feet long and would make a great first whip to learn the basic whip cracks on.  This whip is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

I’m planning on making a couple of more of these, probably a 6 foot and an 8 foot in the near future.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Pitchman…

Whip Pitchman…

I’m back in town and one of the stops on my trip was in Cozumel, Mexico.  While there I saw many shops selling simple 4 plait leather bullwhips:bullwhip-mexico_1_110214

Here’s a quick video of a guy who was pitching whips to tourists.

Did you notice how when he’s cracking the whip no one even stops to look?  That sort of amazed me, you’d think it’d at least make people turn their heads.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Low Plait Count Whips

Low Plait Count Whips

One thing I’ve noticed is that I really appreciate lower plait count whips.  By lower count I mean four and eight plait bull whips.  To me there is something elegant about a well made whip that is only four or eight plait.  It’s a working class whip…it’s a rugged whip…it’s a whip that is what it is.

With that said I just made a 4 1/2 foot 4 plait bullwhip for myself to use in shows.  I wanted something a bit longer than the 4 foot bullwhip that I currently use and the extra six inches makes a big difference!

The cool thing about lower plait count is that they are pretty fast to make (but they have a unique set of challenges. For this whip I started with a 10 inch spike for the handle and a leather core.
kangaroo bull whip

Then I put on a 4 plait belly. This belly is made of cow leather and not kangaroo.  The main reason I used cow and not kangaroo for the belly is that I had enough leftover of a kangaroo skin for the overlay, but  not enough for the belly.  Using cow leather for a belly inside of the whip doesn’t really change how the whip will perform.  Inside the whip the cow leather won’t take much in the way of stress because it’s held together by the layers above and below it.  Also since it’s a 4 plait belly it has wider strands than a 16 plait overlay, so I can still pull hard while plaiting and  not have to worry about breaking strands.
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Over the belly I put a bolster then a 4 plait black kangaroo overlay and a latigo fall.

 

kangaroo bull whip

For this bull whip I wanted a little more weight in the handle so I added a tiny bit of lead and capped it off.

 

kangaroo bull whip

 

Then I put on the knot on the transition in black kangaroo.

 

kangaroo bull whip

To add a touch of flair to the whip I did an interweave in red kangaroo on the transition knot.

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Then I put a matching knot and interweave for the heel knot.

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And here’s the finished whip.

kangaroo bull whip

I think one of the reasons you don’t see many 4 plait kangaroo whips is that it’s hard to cut out the overlay from a kangaroo skin. You need to cut the strands very wide at the beginning which means you need a fairly large skin to get strands wide enough.  However if you were to cut the overlay out of the outside of the skin you have to deal with the stretchy parts of the skin which takes a bit more skill to make.

For me this whip is going to be used for shows or tricks where the whip will face some abrasion.  For example the trick where I toss playing cards into the air and strike them with a bull whip, this will ding the heck out of the strands of a 12 or 16 plait whip.  Another place I will use this whip is for some fairs / festivals I’ll be performing at this summer where I’ll be performing on concrete.

I don’t offer a 4 plait kangaroo bullwhip on my online store, however if you contact me I can give you a price quote for one of these.