When I first started making the 4 plait Beginner’s Bullwhips a long time ago the owner of my local Tandy LeatherFactory bought one. Here’s the 8 foot whip all these years later:
The whip is holding up well and I gave it a few cracks and it still has a lot of life left in it!
I’ve been a very busy boy over here the last few weeks! I’ve had a 2-3 show per day performing schedule, filling bullwhip orders as they come in and trying to build up stock for two different workshops this week. Luckily for me next week the two workshops will be over.
Yesterday I has a couple of orders for stock whip kits come in and I only had one in stock, so I had to make up some more to fulfill the order and to have at least on in stock. When I make these stock whip kits I need to make at least two (usually three) at a time to make it worth the time to make them. It takes me about 90 minutes to make one from scratch, but only about 2ish hours to make three of them. So making them in bulk saves me some time!
Here are a couple of them:
Currently I have three deluxe beginners bullwhips in the works. All three have the bellies finished and overlays cut out. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have time to do all the strand prep and get at least one them braided!
My current line up of projects are a 5 foot 12 plait snake whip, two 4 foot 12 plait signal whips, and a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip. Somewhere in that line up I’ll probably bang out a few more of the beginners bullwhips.
Tonight I made the shot bags for the snake whips and signal whips. Tomorrow I’ll be filling them and start working on the snakewhip.
Here’s a picture of the four beginners bullwhips:
Earlier today I finished making an 8 foot beginners bullwhip:
Here’s a picture of the beginning of the knot:
And with the interweave finished:
Tomorrow I’m hoping to get some work in on another Beginners bullwhip.