Currently I’m working on three 8 plait bullwhips that will be five feet long. I’ve completed all three whips internal layers and cut out the overlays and just need to do the plaiting. Actually one of the bullwhips is finished:
These five foot bullwhips are made from kangaroo and would make a great working bullwhip or entry level kangaroo bullwhip!
Also a few weeks ago I stumbled on this video:
I thought that using a whip to keep a top spinning was interesting and that I’d never heard of this before. I found a Whip Top set:
The whip that came with this is basically useless as a whip, but it works well for winding up the top. I’ve gotten this to keep spinning after I’ve cracked the whip at it. Unfortunately I haven’t spent much time working with it…maybe someday I’ll make a better whip for it and get good at it.
Yesterday I finally finished making the pair of bullwhips that complete the set of three whips for myself. Normally these would have been done very quickly if they were for someone else, however they were for me so there was no rush.
They are both four feet long with 10 inch spring steel handles with just a touch of lead under the heel knot. You might notice one has a red latigo fall and the other has a whitehide fall. I’m doing this as an experiment to see which fall I really like more, since the whips were made as a pair it will be a good way to compare.
So far after one short cracking session I was surprised to find out that I like the red latigo a bit more. However that might change with a bit of use. In my experience the red latigo breaks off more than whitehide, and he whitehide stretches more than the red latigo. I think that’s because the red latigo is a more dense leather.
My next project is making some cheaper bullwhips. Right now I’m working on a six foot Deluxe Beginners Bullwhip and that should be ready soon. All I have left to do on it are the knots. Currently I have enough leather for 4 or 5 of these, so I’m going to try to bang a few of them out so I have some in stock.
I also plaited the Eight Foot Indy Bullwhip to the 12 to 10 strand drop:
I’m going to imagine that I’ll have time to finish plaiting the overlay of this bullwhip sometime today. I still need to work on the five and six foot bullwhip, no progess has been made on those since yesterday.
The six foot bullwhip will be an interesting little experiment. It’s going to be a “Young Indy” bullwhip (Black whip with red handle). However I’m going to dye it with a different process than most bullwhip makers. Hopefully this will turn out a better finished product where the dye fading or rubbing off won’t be an issue.
Well I think I did it, I made an 8 plait 5 foot Indy Style bullwhip in 2 hours. Well it was 2 hours and 40 minutes, but I made two insides and subtracting the time for the second inside the finished bullwhip took 2 hours and 4 minutes…so it’s not exactly two hours but I’m calling that a win!
Also the two hour estimate was for a bullwhip without a wrist loop so if you take out the 5 mins for the wrist loop this whip comes in right at 2 hours. I think I did a pretty good job keeping as much of an Indiana Jones look to it:
I’m happy with how this bullwhip turned out and it’s got a great crack to it!
Also I have one beginners bullwhip left and no more will be made in time to ship for Christmas, so if you are thinking of getting someone a beginners bullwhip now’s the time to order! You can order beginners bullwhip or the 5 foot 8 plait bullwhip above on my IN STOCK whips page.
If you are looking for a bullwhip in time for Christmas there are a few of my bullwhips down in Nevada at MidwestWhips, you can see what they have in stock and order from them at: http://www.midwestwhips.com/InStock.html
I’ve got a busy weekend so I probably won’t update this blog until monday…till then follow me on twitter @bullwhips
My current project is a six foot Indy style bullwhip. Yesterday I plaited all the bellies and the overlay, I would have finished the whole thing, but ran out of lead for the handle. Sometime today I’ll run out and get some lead.
When I started this bullwhip I was still waiting on two sides of kip to show up, so I make the core and inner bolster out of the last of the veg tanned goat that I had. The kip showed up in time for me to use it for the outer bolster.
This current batch of kip is different from what I’ve gotten from this supplier before. In the past they’ve sent me full hides, but this time they sent me two sides (a side is half a full hide). So I ended up with half the leather I hoped to get…however this stuff is really nice! I almost seems too nice to waste it on a bolster…I kinda want to try braiding with it…but I won’t.
While the Indy bullwhip was waiting for lead I cut out all the leather for three beginners bullwhips. Now all I need to do is find time to start braiding them.