Finishing Up Some Projects

Finishing Up Some Projects

I figured I should finish up some projects that I started a long time ago. I’ve got a 4 foot two tone bullwhip where I made the insides and cut out the overlay probably a year ago.

bullwhip

I’m finally getting to work on finishing it. I finished up plaiting the overlay.

how to make a bullwhip

No hopefully it won’t sit for another year before I put the knot on it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Beginner’s Bullwhip

Beginner’s Bullwhip

I’ve got another Beginner’s Bullwhip in the works.
beginner's bullwhp

These whips have a plaited belly and a 4 plait cowhide overlay.  They are designed for someone who wants to try out whip cracking without investing in a kangaroo whip.  I’ll finish this whip up when I have some more free time and I’ll list in on my IN STOCK whips page.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

More Kangaroo!

More Kangaroo!

I just went up to David Morgan to pick up some veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo!

kangaroo for whips
Personally when I get kangaroo, I prefer the drum stuffed kangaroo.  What drum stuffed means is that they have grease/oils worked into the skins in a large drum.  You get even penetration of the grease into the skin and it gets worked in deeper than when you buy a dry skin and have to work it in by hand.

These are for some whips I’ll be making ASAP!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a whip that came in recently for a repair:

bullwhip repair

The end had been broken off, if I remember correctly this was a dog that chewed through the whip.

bullwhip repair

After chatting with the owner and giving them some options they decided to put the new end of the whip where the whip was chewed off.  I had to unbraid the whip a bit and taper the inside a little bit, the put a new fall on it.

bullwhip repair

I also added in a pack of polypro crackers.

bullwhip repair

This whip shipped back to its owner cracking a lot better than it did when they shipped it to me!   If you’ve got a whip that needs repairs feel free to contact me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

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

 

Lead Loaded Bullwhip Handle

Lead Loaded Bullwhip Handle

My current project is working on an 8 foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip.  I’m trying something that I don’t normally do when I make these whips.   I’m trying to get a slightly lower profile on the heel knot.

Basically there are few ways to do this:

  1. Use thinner leather:  This option will change the entire whips profile, not just the heel knot.
  2. Use less lead:  This will also accomplish making the heel  knot smaller, but may potentially give the whip an undesirable “in the hands” feel.
  3. Put the lead on sooner: By putting the lead on a lower layer, I can use the same amount and it will stick out less.

I opted for adding the lead on a lower layer of the whip.  Normally the lead goes on top of the outer bolster.  My thinking all the layers give me some meat to attach the lead to.

bull whip

If you look at the picture above you will see the layer that’s cut short is the outer belly.  By attaching the lead in that space, the lead will not be on top of two layers (the outer belly and the outer bolster).  That’s going to reduce the profile of the  heel knot, however visually I won’t know how much until the whip is done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished 6

Finished 6

One of  my least favorite parts of any whip to make it to put on the heel knot.

bull whip

I think it’s because at that point all of the plaiting is finished and I just want to be done and making the heel knot isn’t fun. However it’s something that’s got to be done and in comparison to plaiting, or cutting out the leather it’s pretty quick!

bull whip

This bullwhip has shipped to its new owner.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Making a Six Foot Bullwhip

Right now I’m working on a six foot 12 plait bullwhip in natural tan kangaroo.  I had some natural tan in stock, so I didn’t need to drive up to David Morgan to pick up a kangaroo skin.  I’m using a 57dm skin, however I also found a belly that I had cut out  a while ago for something else, but for whatever reason didn’t use in black kangaroo.  Since this will be in the inside of the whip you won’t see it.

bull whip

Currently I have both bellies and bolsters finished.

bull whip

Next up is to put some lead on for the knot foundation on get to work on the overlay.

People always ask how I can cut out the overlay before I’ve got the inner layers finished. It’s pretty simple, I know about what the strand widths should be and cut them a smidge wider than that.  I then will resize them once the inner layers are finished.

On the surface it sounds like it’s more work than cutting it later, however it actually saves me time.  By doing all of one task at the same time (i.e. strand cutting) it saves time in set up and clean up.  Regardless of what point I cut the strands they still need to pared which also accomplishes the resizing.

The more I make whips, the more I’m looking for ways to save time…not cut corners, but to save time by eliminating steps that are duplicate, like sweeping the floor twice or putting away the leather only to take it back out an hour later. While these are small amounts of time, when you add them all up they can add up to a decent chunk of time.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org