Currently I’m finishing up using a side of leather I bought for a custom project. Earlier I made three bullwhips that were five and a half feet. What was left of the leather was enough to make a seven foot bullwhip. I’ve got all of the leather cut out and the belly finished:
Hopefully I’ll have time to finish this bullwhip by Monday!
Yesterday morning I was on the phone with the company that supplies the leather that I use for my Beginners Bullwhips. I was expecting a shipment of the cowhide last week, and it never showed up. I’ve found out that the two kinds of leather that I’ve used are unavailable (of course they didn’t tell me that when they took my order!).
So I’m trying out a couple of different types of leather that are more expensive than what I was using, but hopefully will make a decent whip. I’m trying a few more sides of English Kip and some Veg Tanned Goat. I’ve used English Kip to make bullwhips before, but honestly I think it was mislabeled because it was horrible. Supposedly the English Kip braids well, what I had in the past didn’t. As for the goat it’s something new to me, and I’m excited to try it out.
Since I’m paying more for these hides than was I was for the previous cowhide, the price of the beginners bullwhips will go up a bit. I’m thinking I”m going to try make 8 plait bullwhips out of these hides, that way you get a little more value out of the price hike.
We’ll see how well they braid an 8 plaits, if I keep breaking the English Kip or Veg Tanned Goat, I may go back to doing the bullwhips as 4 plait.
I’m expecting these hides to come in next week, so we’ll see what I think of them then.
Over the last few months I’ve had a lot of people ask me if they could order one of my Budget Bullwhips becaue I didn’t have any in stock. I don’t make the Budget Bullwhips to order, you can only get them when I have them already made.
My main reason for that is because I prefer making higher plait count (above 8 plait) kangaroo bullwhips, and I don’t want my schedule full of 4 plait cowhide bullwhips when I could be making whips that I like to make.
That said, the other day I order a full cowhide (over 40 square feet) to make some Budget bullwhips out of. I don’t know when I will have time to make them, but I’ll keep you posted as they are finished.
Right now I’m finishing up shellacing the 12 plait snake whip, and I should be able to get some pictures of it later today.