I’m working on a whip right now and I just did something that I used to do, but for some reason stopped. What I did was taper the thickness of the last couple feet of the bolster. So not only does it get narrower it also gets thinner.
This is pretty easy to do I simply take my Dene Williams Hand Splitter and run it down the boslter a couple feet from the end. Then I do it again about 18 inches from the end, but set to take off a little bit more leather. Then repeat that a couple more times.
Right now I think the Dene Williams Hand Splitter is hard to come across in the USA (and internationally) so you can also thin your bolster down on a bench splitter.
A few weeks ago I got a Dene Williams Hand Splitter from Paul Nolan. When I got the hand splitter I already had a bench splitter, so I wasn’t sure if the hand splitter would get much action…boy oh boy was I wrong!
I love the Hand Splitter!
One thing I’ve always wanted to do, but it wasn’t really practical with a bench splitter is to thin down some of my strand drops. I’ve tried doing that with my bench splitter and it’s really not practical to move the whip to the bench splitter and thin down the strnads. Now with the Hand Splitter I just split the strand right before I drop it and I don’t have to move the whip and that makes slimming down the strands EASY!
Also it uses utility knife blades, and those are easy to get and cheap!
There are things a bench splitter can do that the Dene Williams Hand Splitter can’t like knocking down the high spots on bolsters (which are too wide for the Hand Splitter). Also since I make my bullwhips in a small space it’s easier to split down long strands with the bench splitter.
For $125 it’s a great tool to have around!! You can get these from Paul Nolan: http://midwestwhips.com/Tools.html
P.S. My IN STOCK bullwhip sale ends at 10pm Sunday 7/5/09!