5 Foot Bullwhip

5 Foot Bullwhip

Today I started work on a 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip in black kangaroo.  Not much got done today, I simply cut out the core, attached it to the handle:

bull whip

And I put a coat of grease onto the core to soak in:

bullwhip
This afternoon I’ll get to work on the cutting out the belly, bolster and overlay.  This should ship out in the mail to it’s new owner tomorrow!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Another Dog Lead

Another Dog Lead

I just finished up the knots on a 6 foot 8 plait dog lead.

dog lead

 

Now that this is finished my next project is going to be a long handled bullwhip.  I’ve already got the two inner plaited layers cut out:

australian bullwhip

It feels like it’s been a little while since I’ve made one of these whips and I’m looking forward to it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

8 plait bullwhip

8 plait bullwhip

Here’s a 6 foot 8 plait kangaroo bullwhip that shipped out last week.

bullwhip

There’s something I really like about the simplicity of an 8 plait bullwhip.  It doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.  It’s a solid working whip!

bullwhip

I don’t have 8 plait bullwhips listed as a “made to order” option, however if you want one feel free to contact me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Bolster…

Bolster…

Right now I’m working on a 6 foot 8 plait bullwhip.  I’ve got the inner plaited bellies finished and just waiting on some grease to soak into the outer bolster.  One thing I’m doing with this whip that I used to do a long time ago, but stopped is I’m tapering the bolsters thickness.  So it starts out thick and gets skinnier towards the end, sort of like my weight when I’m getting ready for vacation.  Here’s a quick Q&A about this:

Question: How do you do this?

Answer: To do this while I’m running it through my splitter about 1/3 of the way down I simply deepen the cut about half turn.  Then about 2/3’s of the way I deepen the cut a little bit more.

Question:  Does this make a better whip?

Answer: Not necessarily.  The reduction of mass that I’m creating by tapering the bolster can done other ways like tapering the width of the filler strands.  Tapering the filler strands is an easier and equally effective way to do this.

Question: Why am I doing it this time?

Answer: Basically to make this whip more interesting for me the whip maker.

Before tapering the thickness of the bolster I had the super fun chore of sharpening my bench splitter’s blade!
bull whip

Normally I take my leather splitter to my local Tandy LeatherFactory and Andy will sharpen it for me (because he’s awesome!), however the last couple times I’ve been up there I’ve forgotten to bring it.  So I got to do it by hand (insert sad face here).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

bullwhip

I made this mini bullwhip a few years ago and it’s been a Christmas Tree ornament every year since it was made.  It’s an 8 plait kangaroo bullwhip and it does crack!

Here’s it on my hand:

These are fun to make and while I hardly get orders for me to custom make them, they always seem to sell well when I have them in stock.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Bullwhip and a whip holder…

Bullwhip and a whip holder…

Here’s a 5 foot bullwhip that I finished recently:

bullwhip

This bullwhip is 8 plait kangaroo with a 10 inch handle.  This bullwhip is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.

I also made some whip holders today:

bullwhip holder

These are the two that were left after I sent out the rest to the people that ordered them.

Currently I’ve got another 5 foot bullwhip in the works.  I’m planning on making a 5 or 6 of these 5 foot bullwhips in the next month or so.  I think at 5 foot 8 plait I can keep these at a fairly cheap rate and that they’re a great entry level kangaroo bullwhip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Pair of Bullwhips…

Pair of Bullwhips…

The pair of bullwhips that I’ve been working on are ready for their overlays!  Here’s the plaited bellies:

bullwhip

and then here’s the final bolster:

bullwhip matched pair

I’ve already cut out the overlays and so today I’ll at least do the strand prep and probably find some time to get some plaiting in as well.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Finished Bullwhip Pair…

Finished Bullwhip Pair…

The other day I started work on a pair of bullwhips and they are finished now.  The customer only ordered one bullwhip, but may need a backup for it in the near future.  So I figured why not make it as a pair so if they end up needing a second whip I’m not trying to match the bullwhip with a picture and my memory. As a bonus if they don’t need the second whip  it gives me one to have IN STOCK!

These are six foot eight plait bullwhips.  Here are the whips with the inner bolsters attached:

Bullwhip pair

One thing you might notice is the yoke of the whips doesn’t completely cover the handle at the base.  I did this on purpose to contribute to a bit of taper to the handles.

how to make a bullwhip

The yoke from the outer belly is cut in a similar fashion and attached 180 degrees opposite  to the first.  That will give the whip a slight bulge at opposite ends (as well as contributing to taper) which is the effect I’m going for.

Another thing I’ve recently started doing (again) is adding the lead before I do the overlay.  I used to add the lead after the overlay was finished, then would crack the whip and add what I thought the whip needed for weight in the handle.  Now I do add it before, then plait the overlay and crack the whip, if any weight adjustments are needed I do it then.

bullwhip

I also used a plaited pattern on the wrist loop that’s not used on many whips, I’ve used it before in the past.  It’s an N pattern I don’t know the official name of it, but I was goofing around with flat braiding and figured out how to do it.

bullwhips

I finished the first whip before the second one and technically the second one isn’t finished, it still needs to be shellac’d.  Here’s the one I shipped out yesterday:

bullwhips

bullwhip

bullwhip

I’ll finish shellacing the second whip and I should know later in the week if it’s needed or not.  If it’s not I’ll add it to my IN STOCK whips page.

Next up I still need to finish two of the Deluxe Beginner’s bullwhips that are almost finished (basically need knots) and I’m going to start work on a couple of Cat O’ Nine Tails (once the proper color of kangaroo arrives).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Stock Whip Pair

Stock Whip Pair

Here’s the pair of stock whips that I started last week now that they are finished:

It’s amazing the different in the amount of energy your body saves once lead is put in the handles!  A bit of lead makes the whips much easier to hold on to.  Also I tried out these whips with kangaroo and with white hide falls (one on each lash) and cracked them on the same handles.

After trying it with both types of falls I was surprised to find out that I preferred a kangaroo fall over the whitehide.  Keep  in mind this is on a pair of stock whips which quite often have a finer point than a bullwhip.  Here’s the two stock whips being test cracked once I put a kangaroo fall on the second lash:

Louie
http://bullwhips.org