Short Bullwhip

Short Bullwhip

My current project is working on a 4 1/2 foot bullwhip with a 12 inch handle.  I’m using a 57 dm veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skin that I got from David Morgan:

kangaroo skin

This bullwhip will have a core, plaited belly, two bolsters and a 12 plait overlay. Here’s the first bolster sitting on the plaited belly:

how to make a bullwhip

And here’s the bolster after it has been tied onto the belly:

how to make a bullwhip

I then attached the 2nd bolster (not pictured) and cut out the 12 plait overlay:

bull whip

Tomorrow I’ll get onto plaiting the overlay.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

I’m finishing up a whip that I started a long time ago out of some scrap that was kicking around. It’s going to be a 4 plait bullwhip from cowhide.  I plaited the belly a long time ago:

how to make a bullwhip
I just cut out the belly and overlay:
bullwhip
Next up will be braiding it and putting the knots on the whip.  However I had a couple of whips come in for a repair, so finishing up this bullwhip will have to wait until the repairs are done.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Bullwhip

8 Foot Bullwhip

My current project is an 8 foot bullwhip.  Here’s the core attached to the handle:

bullwhip

This whip is going to be a 4 plait cowhide bullwhip, so nothing fancy, just a working whip.

I use a “doubled” core, I first learned about doing this to my core from David Morgan’s book Whips and Whip Making:

This is a great book, if you don’t have it and want to make whips you need to have it!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I ran into a guy that had a bullwhip that needed a new fall hitch.  I retied it for him on the stop, he was more than thankful!  I didn’t think to take a pic of it before the new fall hitch or after, but I did take one in the middle of putting a new one on

bullwhip

If you need a whip repair, fall replacement or new braided cracker you can get more info about those services here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org