I started making this Cat O’ Nine Tails a long time ago! It was for a customer that ordered one and may have needed a second matching one. To make the work easier for me I started them both at the same time so that I could match diameter and thickness of the lashes. Turns out they didn’t need the second Cat O’ Nine Tails, so this one has had work very slowly put in on it over the last year.
This whip had all the lashes plaited, but they needed to be tied off, so yesterday I put the knots on the ends of all the lashes.
Now all that’s left to do is put on a wrist loop, do the two turksheads and shellac. This Cat of Nine Tails has slightly different construction than I would normally use. Normally I would use a shot loaded core, but this one (and it’s mate) have fiberglass cores. Hopefully I’ll finally finish this over the next few days!
A while ago a movie production company needed some Cat O’ Nine Tails. They needed 1 – 2 actual floggers and two that were just the handle. I started making the two complete Cat O’ Nine Tails as a matched pair. So I built up the insides at the same time.
Then the company let me know they only needed one of the complete Cat O’ Nine Tails. That left me with one that only had the inside of the handle and 6 tails finished. This has been sitting across a couple of pegs by my plaiting hook for about a year. I’m finally getting around to finishing it up. It still needed the overlay of the handle and last 3 tails to be finished.
So yesterday I cut out the 12 plait overlay and did all the strand prep.
One of the reasons well made leather goods cost more than the imported junk is the amount of leather that can’t be used. After I trim a kangaroo skin, keep having to trim the skin while cutting out the lace, paring and splitting sometimes it feels like I throw away more leather than I use!
I plaited the overlay with finished the last three lashes.
There is still a lot of work to be done before this is finished! I need to put a wrist loop and knots on the handle. I also need to tie knots at the ends of the lashes. Once this is finished it will look pretty cool!
One of the reasons the movie production company chose my Cat O’ Nine Tails was that mine didn’t look junky. There are a lot of them out there where the tails and handle are two separate parts that are attached together. When I make mine the handle and tails are the same lace, so unless you cut them off, they shouldn’t ever come off. Sure you pay a bit more for one that I make over the imported novelty ones…but mine will last longer!
I’m still working on the two Cat of Nine Tails, they are making some progress. Here’s the pair with three tails each completed:
And here they are in their current state:
One has six lashes complete and the other has three complete with lace attached for three more lashes. The fun part of working on this is making cutting out the lace for the lashes at 3mm! Here’s a close up of some of the lashes:
I still have a lot of work to go, but with nine lashes complete and three more cut out and ready to be plaited I’m over halfway finished with the lashes (woo hoo!).
Yesterday the kangaroo skin for the Cat O’ Nine Tails arrived:
I’m making a pair of these and normally in the past when I’ve made them they handle was make like a signal whip with a shot core and not rigid. These are being made with a fiberglass handle which will be fairly rigid, but still have a bit of flex to them.
Here’s one of them with one of the tails plaited and the lace for two more attached:
Plaiting all the tails and tying all the knots is very time consuming!
The other day I started work on a pair of bullwhips and they are finished now. The customer only ordered one bullwhip, but may need a backup for it in the near future. So I figured why not make it as a pair so if they end up needing a second whip I’m not trying to match the bullwhip with a picture and my memory. As a bonus if they don’t need the second whip it gives me one to have IN STOCK!
These are six foot eight plait bullwhips. Here are the whips with the inner bolsters attached:
One thing you might notice is the yoke of the whips doesn’t completely cover the handle at the base. I did this on purpose to contribute to a bit of taper to the handles.
The yoke from the outer belly is cut in a similar fashion and attached 180 degrees opposite to the first. That will give the whip a slight bulge at opposite ends (as well as contributing to taper) which is the effect I’m going for.
Another thing I’ve recently started doing (again) is adding the lead before I do the overlay. I used to add the lead after the overlay was finished, then would crack the whip and add what I thought the whip needed for weight in the handle. Now I do add it before, then plait the overlay and crack the whip, if any weight adjustments are needed I do it then.
I also used a plaited pattern on the wrist loop that’s not used on many whips, I’ve used it before in the past. It’s an N pattern I don’t know the official name of it, but I was goofing around with flat braiding and figured out how to do it.
I finished the first whip before the second one and technically the second one isn’t finished, it still needs to be shellac’d. Here’s the one I shipped out yesterday:
I’ll finish shellacing the second whip and I should know later in the week if it’s needed or not. If it’s not I’ll add it to my IN STOCK whips page.
Next up I still need to finish two of the Deluxe Beginner’s bullwhips that are almost finished (basically need knots) and I’m going to start work on a couple of Cat O’ Nine Tails (once the proper color of kangaroo arrives).
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!