I recently had this bullwhip come in:
It’s an 8 plait bullwhip that was made by Bernie at EM Brands whips. It had the end chewed off by a dog. After chatting with the owner we decided to just put the fall where the whip was chewed off and to leave the wrist loop as it is.
I had to unbraid about a foot of the whip to create a little bit of taper to the point of the whip.
I tied a new fall hitch at that point and we’re good to go!
I wish more of the people who are in the news using a bullwhip were more positive than this one from the London Evening Standard:
Apparently this guy is a Squatter at a old police station in East London. He uses the whip to agitate the neighbor’s dogs. You can read the whole story and watch a short video of his non-existent whip skills at: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/squatters-in-former-police-station-accused-of-stripping-metal-spying-on-neighbours-and-using-bullwhip-to-make-dogs-aggressive-9489503.html
One of the zoos near where I live has an outdoor theater and this year the show is called Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure. It’s a dog / animal show and here’s one of the promo pics from the show:
If you look close the dog has a little bullwhip on its belt! I wonder who made it?
I haven’t seen the show, and I doubt the dog cracks the whip (but that’s be awesome!). You can get more info at www.pdza.org
Don’t forget I have a bullwhip on ebay right now at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221458916442
Yesterday I finished both of the dog leads and they are shipping out to their new owner today. The first one is six feet long in eight plait red kangaroo:
The other one is also six feet in eight plait kangaroo but in natural tan:
This one also has a green kangaroo interweave in the knot:
Today I’ve got a busy day so I don’t think I’ll get any plaiting in, but tomorrow I should be able to get a beginners bullwhip or two finished!
Right now my current project is working on two six foot dog leads. Both of them will be in eight plait kangaroo, one will be red and the other natural tan. Below is the lace cut out:
Then I stretched it and split it down to the same thickness:
And finally I resized it and pared it:
I like the pictures of the process of the strand prep happening, because it really looks like nothing has changed…but a lot has happened!
Also with these dog leads I put a core in the middle:
Normally with something like a 4 plait dog lead I wouldn’t do a core, but at 8 plait it needs one to be round shape. If I didn’t put a core in the leash would have a square cross section.
Here’s the brass hardware that will go on these:
Also on the navigation bar to the left I’ve added a section of my online store called Plaited Goods for Sale. Right now the main part of that is dog leads, I’ve got a bunch in stock, but only a couple listed. I’ll try to find some time to list more when I get a chance. I’m also planning on adding some more categories to that for the other things I make like Bosals, Rommel Reins, bracelets, etc.
Once these two dog leads are done I’m going to try to find some time to bang out a few more of my Beginners Bullwhips.