Another Budget Signal Whip

Another Budget Signal Whip

Here’s another budget Signal Whip that I finished yesterday:

Signal whip

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip Braided Cracker

Signal Whip Braided Cracker

I tried taking pictures of how I do the cracker on a signal whip.  Honestly I don’t know how much they will help someone rebraid a signal whip’s cracker if they’ve never done any braiding before.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip and Bullwhip

Signal Whip and Bullwhip

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:

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:

bullwhip 12 plait whip

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:

bullwhips

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.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Signal Whip Finished…

Signal Whip Finished…

Here’s the completed 4 foot signal whip:

12 plait single tail signal whip

This signal whip has a two tone 12 plait overlay (red with black):

kangaroo single tail whip

One of the things that I think make a signal whip look cool is the braided cracker:

signal whip with braided nylon cracker

Right now I have another signal whip in the works and it’s also 4  foot 12 plait in two tone kangaroo, but it will be black with red.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

12 plait signal whip

12 plait signal whip

Right now I’m working on a 12 plait signal whip that’ll be 4 feet long.  I’ve got about 18 inches of the overlay plaited and with a bit of luck I’ll find some time tomorrow to finish it.

Signal whip

I’ve been thinking of making a couple of signal whips when the order for this one came along…so that worked out well!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org