Here’s another budget Signal Whip that I finished yesterday:
The construction of these signal whips is pretty good. It goes leather shotbag, bolster, bolster, and finally overlay.
I have the seam of the bolster and the seam of the shotbag on opposite sides of the signal whip to help ensure there is no leaking of lead. Both are tightly bound together as well.
Another thing I’m doing with these whips is making the shotbag with the leather grain side in and the first bolster grain side out. What that does is makes the two rough flesh sides touch each other. That puts more friction between the layers giving the signal whip a bit of the feel of a signal whip with a plaited belly.
The four foot 12 plait signal whip is finished and I’ll be listing it on my IN STOCK Whips page shortly. Here’s a picture of the single tail signal whip:
I’ve also started work on a 10 foot 12 plait bullwhip. Yesterday I finished the core, inner belly, inner bolster and braided about a foot of the outer belly. Here’s a picture of the finished inner belly:
I have no shows today and I’m hoping I’ll find time to get the overlay finished today (but something will probably come up and I won’t).
Here’s a picture of my two main bullwhips that I perform with:
The top bullwhip (natural tan) is a four foot “lil Indy” bullwhip made by Paul Nolan. I’ve had that whip forever! The black bullwhip is a four foot 4 plait bullwhip that I made for a specific trick that I do where the thong takes a bit of abuse.