Choose Your Own Bullwhip and Emails…

Choose Your Own Bullwhip and Emails…

My ebay experiment where I make a bullwhip to the spec’s of the current highest bidder is still going on..  For me one of the biggest challenges is making this whip over 7-10 days.  Normally I can do an 8 foot 12 plait bullwhip in about 1 1/2 to 2 days.

I just updated the ebay listing with the bullwhip in its current state of construction.  You can view the auction at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135

While this auction is going on I’m going to answer some emails that have come in:

Question:  How can i get those bullwhips? I’m from philippines.

Answer:   Simply order whatever you want from my online bullwhip store and choose the International Shipping option.  You can  view the online catalog at: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/

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Question:  I have a question when it a good time to call you?

Answer:  Anytime!  I have an irregular schedule so no time is better than any other.  If I don’t answer leave a message.

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Question: I just bought a leather rounder on Ebay and I was hoping you could tell me how I should use it?

Answer:  Basically you pull leather through it.  I’ll try over the next couple of days to make a little video of how to use a leather rounder and post it here on my blog.

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Question:  Regarding the spring steel, I tied on a core to one of the spring steel rods the other day, and it was quite difficult to get it secure! What I’ll do next time is use a file or something similar to rough the steel up…the file thing would be much quicker. You’ve mentioned before gluing the core on, do you just use leather cement like you can get at Tandy or something else?

Answer:  When securing the core to a smooth steel handle foundation I currently use artificial sinew only.  I pull it very tight!  I’ve heard I have a fairly unique way that I pull my string tight and I talk about this briefly on the DVD that comes with my Stock Whip Kit.  However my string pulling method isn’t necessary, just pull very tight!

You can try using leather cement and I used to do that and occasionally still do.

As for roughing up the steel, I would advise against it.  Inside no matter how tightly you bind it there will slight bits of movement inside the whip and the roughed up steel will wear away at the leather. Over time the amount sanded off the leather could then lead to what was once tightly bound to be loosely bound do to the sanded down material.  Is this a realistic concern?  Depends.  If you intend a whip to  be used for 3 year or so then no, it’s not a big deal.  However if you want to think ahead to a whip that might be around and still in use for 30 years then it is.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Choose Your Own Bullwhip

Choose Your Own Bullwhip

Today I started a very unique and interactive bullwhip auction on ebay.  Here’s the idea:

During the course of a 10 day auction I will build a bullwhip based on an 8 foot 12 plait framework.  The highest bidder can choose spec’s that they want for their custom bullwhip.  So if the highest bidder would like it 16 plait with no wrist loop and a plaited pattern on the handle they simply contact me and I update the current listing.  However if you don’t like what the current high bidder has set for the spec’s you outbid them and contact me with what you want for the new spec.

Honestly I don’t know how people will react to this listing and I think it’s a fun experiment to see what people want in a bullwhip.  The ebay listing is live now and you can start bidding now, but work won’t start until tomorrow (3/1/12)  so that people can have a chance to bid and pic things like handle length or overall bullwhip length.

To view the auction visit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220965764135

Louie
http://bullwhips.org 

Ordering a Bullwhip For Christmas?

Ordering a Bullwhip For Christmas?

If you are ordering a bullwhip and would like it to arrive by Christmas my shipping deadline for IN STOCK bullwhips delivered to an address in the USA the order must be placed by 6am (Seattle, WA time) on December 20th, 2010.

If you are ordering a custom or made to order bullwhip my current wait time is 10 days before the bullwhip ships.  I’ll keep this  updated if/when my wait time change.

Louie
P.S. I’ve made this page a “sticky” so it will appear as the top post of my blog.  Newer posts will appear below.

Whip Deal of the Day

Whip Deal of the Day

When I started doing the Whip Deal of the Day, I didn’t have any plans for the preset for what I’d offer each day.  Usually the special deal is thought of that morning.  Today I’m sick with a bit of a cold and don’t want to think, so…

Today’s Whip Deal of the Day (for 12/9/09 only) is for you to make an offer.  Give me a call at 206-669-3928 or email me and make me an offer, I don’t guarantee I’ll accept your offer, but if it’s a reasonable offer, you’ll get a great deal on a whip!

Keep in mind that since I have a cold, you might catch me while I’m all loopy on cold medicine and get a GREAT deal that a clear headed Louie might not have accepted!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org