My current project is working on a five foot bullwhip that will be 8 plait kangaroo. Currently I have all the internal layers finished:
The step I’m working on right now is cutting out the overlay:
My performing schedule is pretty full until Thursday so I don’t know if I’ll get much work in on this bullwhip before then. Oh, speaking of me as a performer I was recently voted the Best Live Entertainment for Kids by the Parent Map magazine!
This morning I’m shipping out a 6 foot Indy Bullwhip to Ireland:
My current project is working on four snake whips. These will be six feet long and be four plait in cowhide. Last night I cut out six shot bags (I only need four), but the way the hide was I other two came out of part of it that I wouldn’t be able to use for anything else.
Today I’m performing in the Portland, Oregon area, so I probably won’t have much of a chance to get more work in on these.
About half an hour ago FedEx dropped off a shipment of four whiskey colored Veg Tanned Drum Stuffed Kangaroo skins.
Our new puppy was very interested in the package…she had to inspect the skins to make sure they were good enough to turn into whips:
The kangaroo skins were a bit smaller than I had requested. I asked at least three of the four to be a minimum of 60dm, however what I got was a 52dm, 55dm and two 56dm skins. From what I’ve heard the kangaroo supply over the years has been slowly dwindling and this may be a result of that. Based on the “industry gossip” I’ve heard it’s not because of any lack of kangaroo, but lack of people who will go out and get them.
This morning I also finished the strand prep for the 16 foot bullwhip:
Today I’m going to probably trim up the kangaroo skins that came in today and maybe cut out some bellies before I have to get ready for my evening gig.