Bullwhips For Sale!

Bullwhips For Sale!

Right now I have more whips in stock that I think I ever have!

bullwhips

It’s because I had a lot of pretty big kangaroo skin “centers” and wanted to use them up. That’s also why most of these whips are in the 4-5 foot range is that I could easily make them from the centers.

Right now I have one center left in natural tan. I’m thinking I’m going to make signal whip out of it.

Louie
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Bullwhip Handles…

Bullwhip Handles…

Once the plaiting was finished on the overlay of the whips, I needed to put the handle foundations on:

Once the knot foundations were finished, I put the knots on them:

For fun I put a different style knot one the bottom of each handle. For the transition knots, I matched the knot style:

These still need to be rolled and have shellac put on them. I’ll list them for sale on my IN STOCK whips page soon.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhips Progress

Bullwhips Progress

The final overlay of the third whip is finished:

All three of these are 8 plait bullwhips.

These whip’s overlays are made out of leftover centers of kangaroo that I had kicking around. That leather just happens to be the best leather on the kangaroo skin, but sometimes you end up with bits that are only good for a lace or two. Once you have a bunch of these, you can make whips out of them!

Louie
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Signal Whip

Signal Whip

I just finished a 3 foot signal whip (AKA single tail whip).

signal whip

A signal whip is different from a bullwhip in several ways.  A signal whip doesn’t have a rigid handle, it’s flexible.  It doesn’t have a fall and the popper is braided into the end of the whip. They are also measured differently, a signal whip that is 3 feet long, is actually 3 feet long. Where with a bullwhip the fall and cracker isn’t included in the measurement, so a 6 foot bullwhip is closer to 8 feet long.

These differences make signal whips ideal for indoor use.

I don’t have a category for signal whips to order simply because most people want something fairly specific and I would say most of the signal whips I’ve made were custom orders. If you’d like a signal whip, feel free to contact me with what you want and I’ll send you out a price quote.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Braiding Project…

Braiding Project…

Currently I’m working on a plaiting project.  I’m braiding over copper tubes.  This is the second time I’ve done this specific project.  Basically I have 95ish copper tubes of various diameters and lengths (2 inches to 15 inches).  I then do an 8 plait braid of the top of them.

The key to this is finding the most efficient way to do plait them.  I’ve found that I first sort them by size and leather color.  Then I work with them as a batch of that color.  If I was cutting out and braiding them one at a time, it would take forever.

Once I have a group of the same width and color I cut the lace and start plaiting:

leather braiding

When I get to the end of the first tube, I put the second tube end to end with it and keep braiding.  The goal is to not really stop braiding.  Every time I stop, or change tasks I slow down, and as they say “time is money”.

Once I have all of the tubes braided over, I then use tape to mark off where the ends are:

leather braiding

Then cut the leather through the tape to leave some of the tube exposed.

leather braiding

The final step is tying the knots.  Unfortunately the knots are very labor intensive and I really haven’t found a way to speed them up. As Lauren Wickline once told me, “Knots are a time suck”.  And fully agree!

The best way I’ve found is to cut the lace I’ll need for the knots, so it’s one long strand.  The I tied the first knot and tighten it, then using the other end of the lace I tie the second knot and tighten it.  Finally I cut the knot off the lace and trim the loose end.

Doing the cutting two at a time instead of after each knot save me about 10 seconds per tube.  While not a ton of time, when you multiply it by 95+ knots it will save me about 15 minutes over the course of the project.

Once this is finished the next project will be a bullwhip!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Plaited Straps…

Plaited Straps…

Right now I’m finished up my last project before I head out of town for a couple of weeks to perform my show in California.  I am helping out someone that is restoring a bag and needed someone to recreate the plaited straps.  Here’s what one of the straps look like:

plaited strap

This was an unusual pattern, where it over two on opposite sides and checkerboard on the other two opposite sides.  Also this strap didn’t have a core.   Between it being hollow and the pattern it gave the original strap a rectangle like profile.

 

plaited strap

My version of it has a core and is much more round looking.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

Every now and then when I have some time and enough leftover kangaroo I make a mini bullwhip.  Here’s one I made a few months ago:

bull whip

It measures approx 14 inches excluding the fall and cracker and has an 8 plait kangaroo overlay.  I’ve gotten little cracks out of it, but it’s primarily a display piece.

Normally these start at $75, however I just listed this one at $50 on my IN STOCK page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org