8 Foot Bullwhip – in progress

8 Foot Bullwhip – in progress

The whip that I’m making out of the kangaroo skin I bought at David Morgan last week is going to be an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip. Here’s the inner belly and inner bolster finished and attached to the handle:

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All the plaited bellies I use are 4 plait bellies and the one below is the outer belly:

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Below is the lead that will weight the handle and add some “in the hand” weight to the whip.  I put this on after the final belly:

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Getting the internal layers is the faster part of making the whip.  The time consuming part is cutting out the overlay, doing the strand prep and plaiting it!

Louie
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Finished 8 foot Bullwhip

Finished 8 foot Bullwhip

I finished this bullwhip last week and got it shipped out Thursday.  Here’s the finished whip:
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One thing I did on this whip was make it with the upper knot a darker color.  Most whip makers when they do this they use leather that is dyed a different color at the tannery.  The whip is made from natural tan kangaroo and the  upper knot is also made from natural tan kangaroo that I had aged.

I always think it’s neat to see the color of the leather now, and the color of the leather that it will eventually become!

Also I’ve got another whip that I made as a fun project for me on ebay right now.  It’s a 6.5 foot two tone bullwhip.  It’s a steal at the starting price!  You can view the auction at:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-1-2-foot-BULLWHIP-12-plait-two-tone-kangaroo-handmade-bull-whip-/221435788210

Louie
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8 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

8 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

Yesterday I got a call with an order for an 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  Luckily I’m caught up on my current orders and have a couple days off before I leave town, so I should have enough time to finish this before I leave.

I was out of natural tan kangaroo, so I made trip up to visit everyone at David Morgan to pick out a skin.

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I picked out a skin a little bit larger than I needed and hopefully I’ll have enough leftover for another small project. The kangaroo skin is a 72dm skin:

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Then I trimmed off the edges:

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and cut out the two bellies:

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That left me with a skin that looks like this:bull whip

After cutting out the bellies I made the core and cleaned up the spike that will be the handle.

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Currently the core has a coat of grease that’s soaking in and today I should have time to at least get both plaited bellies finished.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

A Bit of Progress…

A Bit of Progress…

I’ve made a little bit of progress on the 8 foot bullwhip that I’m working on.  Right now I’ve got the inner bolster attached:

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And I also have the outer belly’s set cut out.

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I still need to do the strand prep on it.

One of the reasons this is taking so long is that I’m making it for fun.  If this was for an order it would have shipped out a long time ago!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

Yesterday I started work on an 8 foot bullwhip.  It’s going to be 12 plait in kangaroo.   Here’s the core and the set for the inner belly:

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And here’s the finished bell about to be rolled:

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I also cut out the the inner bolster yesterday and it’s got a coat of grease soaking in but I didn’t take a picture of that.  Today I should be able to at least get that bolster attached and the outer belly finished.

I also shipped out another Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit:

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These kits are a great way to make your first whip!

Louie
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