Six Bullwhips…

Six Bullwhips…

My current project is working on a dozen whips! Six of them will be six foot 12 plait bullwhips and the other six will be four foot stockwhips. The most labor intensive will be the bullwhips, so I’m working on them first.

For me, when making a lot of whips that are the same, the easiest way to save time is to do the same layer of all of them at the same time. This is “production line” style, where you do only one task at a time. This way your brain isn’t constantly shifting gears. For example, I cut out all of the bellies at the same time:

Then I went through and attached all of the inner bellies at the same time. Once they were all attached I plaited all six of them.

This way works great, but when I’m doing the overlays will be really rough on my hands.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

7 Foot Beginner’s Bullwhip

7 Foot Beginner’s Bullwhip

Currently I’m finishing up using a side of leather I bought for a custom project. Earlier I made three bullwhips that were five and a half feet. What was left of the leather was enough to make a seven foot bullwhip. I’ve got all of the leather cut out and the belly finished:

Bullwhip for beginners

Hopefully I’ll have time to finish this bullwhip by Monday!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Whip Weight

Whip Weight

Recently I had someone ask me about the weight of  the 3 1/2 foot signal whip that’s currently on my IN STOCK whips page.
I threw it on the scale and weighed it:

signal whip

It came in at 9 ounces, which feels good when cracking it.

So that I had something to compare it to, I weighed a 6 foot bullwhip:

12 plait bullwhip

It came in at 15.4 ounces.

Proportionally the signal whip is much heavier than the bullwhip, which is something you want in a signal whip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

6 Foot Bullwhip Progress

6 Foot Bullwhip Progress

I’ve finished all of the internal layers of this bullwhip and have the overlay cut out.

Here’s the core with four plait belly attached:

how to make a bullwhip

Here’s the inner belly braided:

how to make a bullwhip

Then I put on another bolster and braided a second 4 plait belly.  On top of the second belly goes a second bolster:
bullwhip plaited belly

Then I cut out the 8 plait overlay:

8 PLAIT KANGAROO

This whip should be finished tomorrow and ready to ship out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org