8 plait bullwhip

8 plait bullwhip

This morning I got a little bit of plaiting in on the five foot eight plait bullwhip that I’m working on.  I’ve got about 20 inches of the plaiting done:

bullwhip

One of the things I like about an 8 plait bullwhip is the simplicity of them.  They have a nice simple clean look to them.

I just added this bullwhip to my IN STOCK whips page (http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=165&groupid=4).   It’s not finished yet, however you’d like it you can order it now and claim it for yourself before someone else does!

Louie
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2 Hour Bullwhip!

2 Hour Bullwhip!

Well I think I did it, I made an 8 plait 5 foot Indy Style bullwhip in 2 hours.  Well it was 2 hours and 40 minutes, but I made two insides and subtracting the time for the second inside the finished bullwhip took 2 hours and 4 minutes…so it’s not exactly two hours but I’m calling that a win!

Also the two hour estimate was for a bullwhip without a wrist loop so if you take out the 5 mins for the wrist loop this whip comes in right at 2 hours.  I think I did a pretty good job keeping as much of an Indiana Jones look to it:

I’m happy with how this bullwhip turned out and it’s got a great crack to it!

Also I have one beginners bullwhip left and no more will be made in time to ship for Christmas, so if you are thinking of getting someone a beginners bullwhip now’s the time to order!  You can order beginners bullwhip or the 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip above on my IN STOCK whips page.

If you are looking for a bullwhip in time for Christmas there are a few of my bullwhips down in Nevada at MidwestWhips, you can see what they have in stock and order from them at: http://www.midwestwhips.com/InStock.html

I’ve got a busy weekend so I probably won’t update this blog until monday…till then follow me on twitter @bullwhips

Louie
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Finished 5 Foot Bullwhip

Finished 5 Foot Bullwhip

Well I’m still waiting on my shipment of Natural Tan kangaroo, so I had time to finish the five foot bullwhip.  I normally don’t put wrist loops on whips that I make for fun (Just ones that are made to order), because I don’t have them on the whips I personally use and I don’t think they are necessary.  However with this whip I added a 6 plait wrist loop that has a different pattern than the usual checkerboard (over one, under one…):

plaited leather

And  here’s the finished bullwhip:

five foot bullwhip
bull whip
bullwhip

I gave this whip a few cracks in my living room and it’s got a nice crack!  I’ve listed this for sale on the IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
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Tandy Kangaroo

Tandy Kangaroo

So once again my shipment of kangaroo didn’t show up yesterday, so I’m still doing busy work until it gets here and I can start work on a an order.  Yesterday while I was at my local Tandy I picked up one of the kangaroo skins that they had just stared selling.  It’s “Whiskey” colored, however when dry it looked more saddle tan, but after greasing it up it looks more whiskey.

I did the handle of this 12 plait whip with an Over two, under two, over two type pattern:

bull whip

Yesterday I found time to make all the internal layers of the bullwhip, cut out the overlay and plait about 3 feet of it.  I should be able to finish this today, unless something weird happens.

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the whole skin before I started using it, so here’s a picture of it with the partially complete whip:

bullwhip

Once this bullwhip is finished I will try to find time to write up a review of Tandy’s kangaroo.

Louie
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5 Foot Bullwhips…

5 Foot Bullwhips…

Here are the insides of the two five foot bullwhips that I’m currently working one.

bullwhips

One has a eight inch handle and the other has a 10 inch handle. Both handles are spring steel. I think I’ve written a post before as to why I think spring steel is superior to regular steel, but basically it’s because spring steel won’t bend.

I’m waiting on a kangaroo hide from Paul Nolan to show up in the mail to make one of these into an 8 plait bullwhip in black.  The other one will probably be a two tone bullwhip in either black and red or red and natural tan.

Louie
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5 foot Bullwhip

5 foot Bullwhip

Last night I started work on a 5 foot bullwhip.  I’ve got all of the insides finished:

8 plait bullwhip

This bullwhip will have an 8 plait overlay in black kangaroo.  I’m out of black kangaroo and ordered a skin from Paul Nolan for this whip, and hopefully it will arrive Saturday and the whip will be ready to ship out on Monday.

Since I’m out of black roo right now, this bullwhip’s plaited belly is from red kangaroo.  The color of the inside doesn’t really matter because you can’t see it from the outside!

Louie
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5 foot bullwhip

5 foot bullwhip

Yesterday I started work on a five foot 8 plait bullwhip.  This bullwhip is being made using leftover lace that I cut out a few weeks ago for a chandelier project.

This bullwhip has a leather core:

Bullwhip core

Plaited Belly:

plaited kangaroo bullwhip belly

And two bolsters:

Bolster #1
Bolster #1
Bolster #2
Bolster #2

Sometimes when you are binding on a bolster, it will want to twist while you are wraping it.  While that doesn’t really matter on the handle, I try to keep bolster twist to a minimum for the thong.  I’d prefer the seam going straight instead of spiraling down the inside of the bullwhip.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to keep that from happening.  About a foot from where you are binding I tape around the bolster with masking tape.  Keep wraping the bolster, then right before you get to the tape, take it off (you don’t want that in the whip) and put another loop of masking tape about a foot from where you are and repeat.

bullwhip handle

For me that really seems to hold everything in place while I”m working tying on the bolster.  I got the idea from this method from a whip of another whip maker’s bullwhip that I took apart.  It looked like that was what they did, except they left the tape on the bolster (and inside the bullwhip).  While I don’t think leaving the tape inside the bullwhip will really change how it cracks, personally I don’t think tape belong inside a high quality bullwhip, and it only takes a second to remove it.

Right now I’ve got about a 16 inches of the 8 plait overlay finished:

Bullwhips

It’s been a while since I’ve done shorter bullwhips and I’d forgotten how fast they are to make (compared to an 8 foot)!

Louie
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Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Yesterday I made 1 1/4 of a pair so stockwhips.  These 5 foot 3 inch 8 plait stockwhip with full plait handles I’m making for myself.  In addition to the finished stock whip I also have the belly finished and all the layers cut out for the other stockwhip.

8 Plait Stock Whip
8 Plait Stock Whip

This stock whip is basically the one in David Morgan’s Whip and Whipmaking (2nd edition), but I made some changes to shorten it from the 8 foot that he describes.

To make the handle I dug up my vise to hold it while I plaited around the carbon fiber handle foundation.

Plaiting Handle
Plaiting Handle

This stock whip has a lead loaded butt.

12 Plait Handle
12 Plait Handle

This bullwhip has a full length bolster and I may experiment with using a full length bolster in my bullwhips.  If I do try a full length bolster I’ll have to rework how I taper my whips.

8 Plait Stock Whip
8 Plait Stock Whip

Right now it’s foggy outside, and I’m hoping it will end up being nice later today so I can go outside and try this stock whip out!

Louie