I’m starting work on an 8 foot, 12 plait bullwhip. It’s going to be made with whiskey colored veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo. I ran up to David Morgan this morning and picked up this skin.
One great thing about buying my kangaroo skins from them is they always have great skins. Right now with the current COVID restrictions is that while I couldn’t go in to pick out my own skin, the crew there knows what a whip maker wants in a skin.
The largest they had was a 58 dm skin and for an 8 foot whip, ideally I’d have at least a 65dm skin. That means that I’ll have to cut up a leftover kangaroo center for one of the bellies. I really hate wasting prime kangaroo skin on a belly, but sometimes that’s what has to happen.
My current project is making two signal whips (aka single tail whips) that will be 3 1/2 feet long. I’m starting with a 74dm kangaroo skin that I picked up at David Morgan:
This is going to be used for the bolsters, and plaiting.
I started work on a 6 foot bullwhip. This will will have an 8 plait overlay. I went up to David Morgan and picked up a 58 dm kangaroo skin for this:
Here’s the skin trimmed and the core cut out:
Here’s the inner belly cut out:
Today I should be able to get the inner layers of this bullwhip completed.
I just went up to David Morgan to pick up some veg tanned, drum stuffed kangaroo!
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!
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:
Here’s the skin I’m making the whip with:
This is 50dm kangaroo skin, and here’s what it looks like after the initial trim:
Then I cut out the set for the belly:
Tomorrow I’ll get started on the plaiting the belly.
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:
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.
Here’s the skin I kept and it was my test skin to figure out how to make a whip in a hotel.
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!
Now it’s time to get to work!
I’ve been very busy lately, and yesterday ran up to David Morgan bullwhips to pick up another kangaroo skin.
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!
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:
The other is a black kangaroo skin.
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!
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.
Yesterday I got the two bellies finishes:
I still need to finish cutting out and attaching the outer bolster before I can start cutting out the overlay.
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:
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:
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!