Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

Whip Cracking During Snowpocalypse

The last couple of days here in the Seattle we’ve gotten (for us) a lot of snow.  I think our city normally averages something like 5ish inches a year and in one day we got about 9 inches of snow!  Add that to the topography of the region which is mostly hills and you get a slippery mess!

However I saw the silver lining and took this as a chance to test of the little tub of Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing that I bought a little while ago.

fiebings snowproof dressing

Also this is a chance for me to point out that you can take kangaroo bullwhips  and use them in the rain and snow.  There’s this general misconception that if you take you kangaroo whips outside in the rain you’ll ruin them. That’s simply not true.

What is true is that if you do take your whips outside in the rain or snow you will need to maintain them properly and it’s not that hard to do.  A coat of dressing before you take them out will help block the moisture from getting into your whip while you are cracking.  When you are finished cracking your whips you dry them off and give them another light coat of dressing.

That’s it, it’s not to hard.

Now back to my use of the Fiebing’s Snowproof Leather Dressing.  This stuff feels a bit more like Pecard Leather Dressing than the Fiebing’s Aussie Dressing does however it felt like it penetrated into my whips easier than Pecard’s does.  It didn’t take as much friction / heat to get it apply it, so that’s a plus.

I put a coat on my whips and took them out in the snow:

One thing I noticed was that my whips didn’t really get wet!  After cracking them in the snow they ended up very cold, but not wet.  I gave them a rub down with a towel anyway and another light coat of dressing.

I expected the falls of the whips at the very least to pick up some moisture but they never felt like they picked up any additional water weight while cracking.   Keep in mind that snow is a lot different from rain, where snow is basically a solid unlike rain which is a liquid.

If I was to go out and crack my whips in the snow again I would use Fiebing’s Snowproof again!

Louie

Stock Whip Cracking and a Roo Stock Whip Pair!

Stock Whip Cracking and a Roo Stock Whip Pair!

A few days ago I took the stock whip made with Veg Tanned Leather out to the park for some test cracking.  Here’s me swinging it around:

Also I’ve begun work on a pair of stock whips made from kangaroo. This pair of stock whips are going have 8 plait lashes.  The belly was cut from natural tan kangaroo.

Stock Whip

The overlay was cut from black and red kangaroo:

Stock Whips

stock whip

And I have put the keepers on the handles:

stock whip handles

I still need to do a lot of plaiting before these are finished.  Both lashes need another 2 and a half feet before they are done and the handles need their half plait handles done.

I’m excited to see how these two stock whips turn out!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Last night I performed at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma, WA as part of an arts festival.  This historic theater was built in 1918 and pretty much any Vaudeville act working on the Pantages Circuit performed at this theater.

Pantages

Here’s my daughter, Miss Ella and I onstage working the bullwhip:

Bullwhip
Right after this picture was taken I crack the bullwhip and Ella say, “It’s past my bed time” and then runs off stage.

We had a great time at that theater!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

20% off IN STOCK whips!

20% off IN STOCK whips!

Right now I’m having a little sale on all IN STOCK whips!  From now until Tuesday morning 11/29/11 I’ve knocked 20% off all whips (bullwhips, snake whips, etc) that I have IN STOCK.  Of course all of my IN STOCK whips are ready to ship out and if they are for delivery in the USA they will make it to you by Chirstmas!

bullwhips for sale
bullwhips 20% off

To see what I have IN STOCK visit: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4

Don’t delay place your order now!  This sale is limited to the stock on hand and it’s first come first served!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Matched Pair of Bullwhips

Matched Pair of Bullwhips

My current project is a matched pair of bullwhips.  These bullwhips are 12 plait kangaroo bullwhips that will be 6 feet long.  One has been plaited to the 12 to 10  strand drop and the other has been plaited about halfway to the first strand drop.

bullwhip matched pair

I’m pretty happy with the look of the handles on these bullwhips:

bullwhip handle

It’s got a nice circumference measuring in at approx 65mm in the main part of the handle.  I’m hoping to find time to finish these bullwhips later this week.

Louie
P.S. I just got mentioned in an article in London, England’s The Guardian newspaper!  I’m at the end of the article.

Alligator Handle Bullwhip

Alligator Handle Bullwhip

Yesterday I was driving home and happened to pass by MacPherson Leather in Seattle.   I decided to pop in and see if there was anything that caught my eye.  In their scrap bin was a piece of alligator that was big enough for a bullwhip handle:

alligator

When I got home I started work on this bullwhip!  First I cut out all the cowhide leather layers:

bullwhip bolsters

By cutting out all the bolsters and prepping them all at once it really shaves off a lot of time in the making process.  I cut them out a bit wider than I need them and split them to the thickness that I want. Then when it comes time to put them on I tweak them to fit the whip.

bullwhip

I had originally planned on taking some more pictures of the making of the internal layers, but was talking to another whip maker on the phone while I was working and forgot to take more pictures.

Bullwhip with alligator handle

I’ve got about half of the overlay cut out (it’s 12 plait in kangaroo) and I’m hoping to find time today to finish the entire bullwhip before I leave town tomorrow for a few days.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Signal Whips…

Signal Whips…

I recently started work on three signal whips.  All three of them are going to be four feet long and made from kangaroo.   First I made three shotbags:

single tail shot bags

Then I filled  them and cutout bolsters.  Here’s a picture of the progression of shotbags and attaching the bolsters:

Signal Whips

And finally here’s the first completed signal whip:

8 plait signal whip

This signal whip is 8 plait with a 5 plait wrist loop.  This one is for sale on my IN STOCK whips page.  The next one is going to be a 12 plait signal whip in black kangaroo with two white strands.   The third signal whip will probably be a 16 plait signal whip.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Three Bullwhips…

Three Bullwhips…

Since my last post I’ve finished the six foot Indy Bullwhip and made two beginners bullwhips.

Here’s the finished six foot Indy style bullwhip:

indy bullwhip

This bullwhip’s got an awesome crack, it’s already shipped out to Nevada.

Here’s a six foot beginners bullwhip:

bullwhip

And here’s a seven foot beginners bullwhip:

bull whips

I made both of these with and “Indiana Jones” type look in mind by giving them the 5 X 4 knots and wrist loops.

I have leather for one more of these bullwhips cut out and I’ll probably make it today before starting work on a kangaroo bullwhip…or maybe I’ll work on the last beginners bullwhip between layers of a kangaroo bullwhip.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org