Mini Bullwhip

Mini Bullwhip

I love making these mini bullwhips.  This one was made with a kangaroo core or and bolster and an 8 plait kangaroo overlay.  Here’s the overlay being braided:
mini bullwhip

And here’s the finished mini bullwhip:

mini bullwhip

 

This bullwhip is heading out to its new owner in the morning.

Also my cut off date for Christmas delivery for IN STOCK items is midnight on 12/20/13.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

English Calf Bullwhip

English Calf Bullwhip

I finally finished the bullwhip that was made with English Calf.  It’s a 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip. This particular bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and was made with a core, plaited belly, bolster and overlay.

bull whip

bullwhip

Using only one belly and bolster gave this whip a slimmer profile and I like that look on a shorter whip.

After making and cracking a bullwhip made from English Calf I love the material…but I don’t love the  price.  It comes in pretty close in price to kangaroo.  If the kangaroo supply in the USA ever dries  up this is the material that I will switch to!

This bullwhip is available for sale on my IN STOCK WHIPS page!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished 5 foot Bullwhip

Finished 5 foot Bullwhip

I finished the 5 foot bullwhip and shipped it out to its new owner a couple of days ago, I just haven’t had time to post a picture of it yet.

Bull whip

I was dumping rain when I finished this bullwhip, so instead of taking it to the park I got to do some cracking in my living room!

Also it’s getting closer to Halloween, so these whips are popping up:

cheap bullwhip
This is one of the uber junky whips that costume stores sell this time of year.  I wonder how many people smack themselves in the face with these trying to “dish rag” crack them?  If you are a whip person, you know these aren’t good whips.  If you aren’t a whip person and thinking of getting one of these usually they are around $20, simply take that $20 and burn it, it’ll be more exciting watching it burn than the enjoyment you’d get out of one of these whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

5 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

5 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

Yesterday I got some work in on the 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip.  I plaited and rolled the plaited kangaroo belly:

Plaited belly in a bull whip

Then I attached the bolster and knot foundation:

bull whip bolster

Here’s the kangaroo skin that the overlay will be cut from:

veg tanned kangaroo

Here are the 8 plait strands cut out and prepped for plaiting:

veg tanned kangaroo lace

This is about halfway though the plaiting process:

make a bull whip

The finished overlay with whitehide fall attached:

8 plait bull whip

Today I’m going to put on the knots an shellac the whip and it should go out in the mail today!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

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

 

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