My first attempt at an 8 plait Goat Hide overlay wasn’t successful, but I learned a lot! For starters the whip ended up a bit too thin, so I added an additional bolster to thicken it up a tad.
Another (major) problem that I came across was how stretchy the goat is. I have to cut the strands very wide to compensate for the stretch. Also I broke several strands while trying to braid it.
One problem with my braiding that can be overcome is that I’m plaiting it like it’s kangaroo. I need to pull a bit gentler…but the trade off is that the whip isn’t as tight. I was thinking about that solution to breaking the strands last night and I can braid it fairly tight, but not as tight as a roo whip. However when you consider that this is a cheaper bullwhip for someone starting out that wants to learn a few cracks, I think it’s alright.
Finished Goat Bullwhip!
Here’s the finished goat hide bullwhip:
This 7 foot bullwhip was made with the Indiana Jones look to it. I’ve got it listed for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.
I’m not sure how many more of these I’m going to make, I have enough goat hide for one or two more. The problem with making an 8 plait is that it just takes too long to make and I’m trying to keep the price below $200. I’m offering this first one for $165, the normal price will be $197. I might try to make one in 4 plait and see how long that takes me to make.