Make a Bullwhip DVD!

Make a Bullwhip DVD!

About a year ago I made an instructional DVD that teaches you how to make a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip with a plaited belly.  This DVD takes you step by step through the whip making process and even includes a shopping list with Tandy Leather Factory item numbers to make getting your supplies easy!


This is a great resource for learning to make your first whip.

I never really promoted the DVD or had it listed on my website…why…because I forgot to.  So I’m re-launching the Make a Bullwhip DVD.  It will sell for $30, however during the relaunch you can get it for $20 shipped in the USA.

This price is good until 11:59pm (Seattle, WA time) on 3/31/17.  To order your DVD visit the Make a Bullwhip DVD page!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

A Dozen Whips!

A Dozen Whips!

I don’t think I ever posted the pictures of the dozen whips I made a little while ago.  I made all twelve of them in less than 10 days and at the end of that my hands were hurting!

Here they are right before they went into the box:

stock whips and bullwhips

Here are the six 4 foot stock whips:

stockwhips

And here are the six bullwhips each at six feet long:

bullwhips

Doing that many whips in a short amount of time is a challenge, however I always learn something that’s a time save for future projects!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Tightening Up a Bull Whip Point

Recently I was performing at a festival and ran into Henrik Bothe.  He’s a juggler and many years ago he had gotten a 4 foot bullwhip from me.  He had the whip that I made with his show and still uses it in the show.

Here’s the whip:

bull whip

When I saw it I notice it could use a bit of a tune up.  The point over the years had loosened.

bullwhip

I replaited the point of the whip:

bull whip

Now Henrik has a whip that’s good as new! If you need a  whip that needs a bit of a tune up, let me know!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

From the Mailbag…

From the Mailbag…

Here’s an email I got about whip making:

I am also a whip maker, though so far I have only made paracord whips. I am interested in getting started on leather whips but lack some of the tools. I am in the process of getting what I need, though, I don’t know the names of what I am supposed to be buying and I was wondering if you can point me in the right direction.
I am seeking the jig that is used to thin, cut and angle the lace.
I was wondering if you can lead me to a website, that would have the proper tools to get started on this craft.

If you are getting into leather whips I highly recommend getting David Morgan’s book Braiding Fine Leather.

It does a really good job of taking you through all the steps of how to prepare cut and prepare lace for braiding along with a few simple projects to work on.  I also recommend reading David’s book Whips and Whip Making which gives a nice overview into what goes into a bullwhip including a how to make the famous Indiana Jones Bullwhip.

I recommend learning to cut and pare lace by hand with a knife instead of using a jig.  Hand cutting is much faster to do and you will get better results because you can taper the lace much more easily.  With paracord your lace doesn’t taper simply because it can’t, however being able to taper is one of the HUGE advantages to using leather.

I do own a lace cutter / beveler and occasionally use it, however that’s only for very specific project and usually after I’m done using it, I think to myself it would have been faster by hand.  The guy that made mine I don’t think makes them anymore (his website is gone).   If you have your mind set on getting a lace cutter / beveler there’s always something like: http://www.gfeller.us/lacemaster.html  However for the price, personally I would (and did) put the time in and learned to do it free hand.

One of the huge disadvantages of only using a machine to cut and pare your leather is that you can’t easily resize it once you start braiding.  For example lets say I’m making a whip and the strands are a bit too wide for where they are on the whip, but I don’t want to drop them yet. The simple solution is to simply grab a knife and resize them while the whip is on the hook.  If you are using a machine logistically it gets complicated.

If you want something to cut there’s the Australian Stranders, however you won’t automatically be cutting great lace with them.

These do still have a bit of a learning curve and personally I think that time is better spent learning to do it by hand.  The safety bar on these makes it hard to switch between pieces of lace as well.  If you are making a whip you need to cut one piece for a little bit…disassemble the strander, reassemble it around the next piece and cut for a bit.  You’ll be repeating this process over and over and over again.  It’s really not a very good way to cut lace from a time stand point.

To sum it all up, if you are starting out as a leather braider I would recommend getting a box cutter and a box of blades.  I’d then call the David Morgan Company or Midwest Whips to see if they had a lower grade kangaroo skins that I could buy hack up while I’m learning to cut lace.  I know kangaroo costs more than cow, however kangaroo is easier to work with than cow.  Cutting cow leather and braiding it is EXTREMELY difficult compared to kangaroo, especially if you are doing anything over 12 plait.

Hope that helps!

Louie

 

 

 

 

15 Whips…

15 Whips…

Over the last month I’ve been working on a big whip order and here’s what I made:

Three bullwhips that are eight feet long:

8 foot bullwhips

Three bullwhips that are six feet long:

6 foot bull whips

Nine 4 foot stock whips:

nine stockwhips

Here’s the whole lot before I packed them up to ship out:

bullwhips and stock whips

These whips are all 12 plait and all together end up being about 90 feet of plaiting!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Trick on TV

Whip Trick on TV

Recently I was on a game show and they interviewed me as a whip maker  and  I did a quick whip trick for them.  Here’s a bit of my appearance on the TV game show Let’s Ask America:

I’m using an 8 plait signal whip (aka single tail) on the show. I chose that whip because
it’s shorter and would frame slightly better than a longer whip on the screen.
Louie
http://bullwhips.org

650 Paracord…

650 Paracord…

I was going to take a break from experimenting with making nylon bull whips after I finish the roll of red that I bought a couple of weeks ago…then I get a 10% off coupon code in an email from UBraidIt and I’m thinking I might make a couple more.

FYI the coupon code is: JUNE14

One of the bigger differences for me between making leather and nylon is the nylon is really rough on my hands.  I can’t braid for extended periods of time like I can with leather.  It’s been years since I’ve gotten blisters on my hands from plaiting, however thanks to the paracord I’ve gotten them again.

Another thing is my elbows have gotten sore.  I don’t know if I’m pulling differently than with leather or maybe it’s  the resistance with the nylon being different, but I’m hoping it temporary.

Also there are only a few hours left on the eBay auction I have on a bullwhip right now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-foot-BULLWHIP-12-plait-English-Calf-handmade-bull-whip-/221458916442?

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Paracord Bull Whip #2

Paracord Bull Whip #2

Here’s my second attempt at making a paracord bullwhip. This whip has a shot loaded core, plaited belly, bolster and 16 plait overlay.

paracord whip

 

This one came out better than the first one.

bull whip

This paracord bullwhip is much lighter than the first one I made and I had a good time taking it out to test crack it!

I’m currently working on another paracord bullwhip with a different internal design…we’ll see how that turns out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Pitchman…

Whip Pitchman…

I’m back in town and one of the stops on my trip was in Cozumel, Mexico.  While there I saw many shops selling simple 4 plait leather bullwhips:bullwhip-mexico_1_110214

Here’s a quick video of a guy who was pitching whips to tourists.

Did you notice how when he’s cracking the whip no one even stops to look?  That sort of amazed me, you’d think it’d at least make people turn their heads.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org