More Kangaroo!

More Kangaroo!

I just went up to David Morgan to pick up some veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo!

kangaroo for whips
Personally when I get kangaroo, I prefer the drum stuffed kangaroo.  What drum stuffed means is that they have grease/oils worked into the skins in a large drum.  You get even penetration of the grease into the skin and it gets worked in deeper than when you buy a dry skin and have to work it in by hand.

These are for some whips I’ll be making ASAP!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

5 Foot Bullwhip

5 Foot Bullwhip

My next project is a 5 foot 12 plait bullwhip. I recently had two people buy the same “in stock”  bullwhip within a span of about 20 minutes.  I didn’t get a chance to delete it between orders, so I’m making a second one for the second buyer.

This is the whip I’m making duplicate of:

bull whip

Here’s the skin I’m making the whip with:

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This is 50dm kangaroo skin, and here’s what it looks like after the initial trim:

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Then I cut out the set for the belly:

how to make a bullwhip

Tomorrow I’ll get started on the plaiting the belly.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Making in a Hotel…

Bullwhip Making in a Hotel…

I’m currently working on big order of whips and I’m also on the road performing, which makes working on the whips a bit more difficult and slower than if I was doing them at home.

Before I left I swung by David Morgan to pick up six kangaroo skins for the whips that I’m working on while I’m away.  Here are the skins I picked up:

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

Before I left for California for 10 days I was going to be at a hotel in WA for one night.  So I had 5 of the skins shipped to my hotel in California and kept one with me.

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Here’s the skin I kept and it was my test skin to figure out how to make a whip in a hotel.

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

I’ll post more soon about some of the techniques I came up with to make a whip in a hotel without having to put a hole in their wall for a hook.

When I got to my hotel in California I had the five skins waiting for me!

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

 

Now it’s time to get to work!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

More Kangaroo!

More Kangaroo!

I’ve been very busy lately, and yesterday ran up to David Morgan bullwhips to pick up another kangaroo skin.

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One of the very cool things living so close to David Morgan is that I don’t need to keep a huge stock of kangaroo.  I can go up and pick through their stock and find the exact skin I need!  It’s pretty awesome!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

New Kangaroo Skin Day!

New Kangaroo Skin Day!

Yesterday I got a couple of kangaroo skins in the mail from Paul Nolan.  One is a red kangaroo skin that will be used for a dog lead:

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The other is a black kangaroo skin.

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The black skin and the remainder of the red skin don’t have a specific project that they are for.  I think I’ll probably make some sort of two tone whip out of them…or several two tone whips!

My performing schedule is very full today and then I leave for Los Angeles for a couple of days, so these skins will sit until next week when I can get to work on on them!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

8 Foot bullwhip

8 Foot bullwhip

Yesterday I got started working on an eight foot 12 plait bullwhip.  This bullwhip has a 10 inch handle and will have a two tone overlay in black and natural tan kangaroo.

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Yesterday I got the two bellies finishes:

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I still need to finish cutting out and attaching the outer bolster before I can start cutting out the overlay.

Louie
http://www.bullwhips.org 

Free Kangaroo Leather

Free Kangaroo Leather

I’m cleaning up my office and I realized that I’ve got tons of scrap kangaroo and cowhide leather kicking around (mostly kangaroo).  Here’s a sample of what I have:

.  kangaroo for whip making

The pieces are in all shapes from and sizes.  There’s a ton of lace, which would be perfect for small braided goods like key chains.  In fact that’s how I used to use up my lace: making keychains, miniature bullwhips, etc

I’ll never use the amount of scrap I have because I generate a lot more than what I use.  This is a great chance to get some kangaroo corners, lace and cowhide corners and lace.  So here’s what I’m offering for $10.00 shipping and handling I’ll fill a 9 X 12 manila envelope full of kangaroo and leather scrap. That’s it, a flat $10.00, so if you’ve ever thought of braiding or maybe just need a bit of lace.

Click here to order some of this scrap kangaroo and cow leather!

Here’s a few of  examples of what I’ve made from my scrap:

plaited bracelet

plaited kangaroo bracelet

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For this deal I can’t guarantee you’ll get any specific colors, shapes, lengths of lace, etc.  I’m just grabbing handfuls and putting it into an envelope.  This is limited to the amount of scrap I have and is available on a first come first served basis, so click here to get some of this scrap kangaroo and cow leather!

Oh, if you want more than one envelope of kangaroo and cow leather scrap, simply order more that one!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Roo Skins, White Bullwhip and an Indy Bullwhip

Roo Skins, White Bullwhip and an Indy Bullwhip

Yesterday was an busy day over here.  I had five kangaroo skins come in the mail from Mid West Whips:

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I had two natural tan, two black and one red kangaroo skin come in.  I was almost out of kangaroo, so I’m glad to have more in stock.  Paul sent me some really good kangaroo skins.  The last batch I had in from another source were about .75mm and these are about 1mm thick, so these will be great for Indy Bullwhips!

Before I could cut any of them up I needed to finish the 16 plait white bullwhip that I started.  I had to tie the heel knot and redo the transition knot:

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White kangaroo bullwhip

Now that that bullwhip was finish (It’s listed on my IN STOCK whips page) I could start cutting up my new batch of kangaroo skins.  Since the skins were thicker I decided to make an Indy Bullwhip.  Here’s the inner bolster attached and hanging out while grease soaks in:

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Here’s the outer belly finished:

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And finally here’s the finished handle:

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The outer bolster for this whip is in four pieces, so I get to splice it three times (Boo!).  I’m still using the goat for the boslters while I wait for more kip to show up.  I did have a piece of kip long enough to make the core out, so the core is kip.

Another exciting thing about trying to split down the goat is because it’s spongy it’s hard to split with a blade that’s not super sharp.  I had to sharpen my blade twice for the boslters in the whip.  Once the blade loses its edge instead of cutting at the thickness you set the splitter to, it compresses the skin and shaves off a very thin layer.  That is not desirable.  When the blade is super sharp it properly cuts the goat.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Indy Whip and Roo Skins…

Indy Whip and Roo Skins…

Yesterday I finished up the strand prep for a 12 plait Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  When I was stretching them strands before paring I broke one.  This is probably the best time to break a strand because it was a simple matter to recut a strand and add it it.  Once the plaiting has started if a strand breaks I’d need to do some splicing.  Splicing strands doesn’t change how the whip handles, but  it’s  a pain in the butt!

Last night I had a show at the 7 Cedars casino in Sequim, so I didn’t have much time for plaiting.  I have about a foot of the whip done:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

When I got home late last night there was also a fresh shipment of kangaroo waiting for me.  I had three veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skins come in.  In the pics below my puppy Talia is inspecting them to make sure they pass her rigid quality standards:

Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo

The Black is 52 decimeters square, the red is 59 decimeters square and the natural tan is 49 decimeters square.  So that you have a point of reference for the size of the kangaroo skins the dog .75 pup-imeters square.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

Kangaroo at Tandy Leather Factory

This afternoon I was at my local Tandy Leather Factory and they let me know that they now sell veg tanned kangaroo!  I picked up a skin, it’s tanned by Packer, and it’s a good skin…but it’s a dry skin.  So that means you’ll have to grease it before you can use it for whip making.  It’s also expensive at about $20 a square foot, so the 5.6 foot skin would be over $100 (I get a slightly cheaper price, but it’s still expensive).

I don’t see them as my new supplier for kangaroo based on price alone, I’m currently getting veg tanned drum stuffed for less.  However it’s nice to have a local supplier and if I need just one kangaroo skin after you factor in not having to pay shipping it’s not that much more.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org