Kangaroo!

Kangaroo!

About half an hour ago FedEx dropped off a shipment of four whiskey colored Veg Tanned Drum Stuffed Kangaroo skins.

Kangaroo

Our new puppy was very interested in the package…she had to inspect the skins to make sure they were good enough to turn into whips:

veg tanned kangaroo

The kangaroo skins were a bit smaller than I had requested.  I asked at least three of the four to be a minimum of 60dm, however what I got was a 52dm, 55dm and two 56dm skins.  From what I’ve heard the kangaroo supply over the years has been slowly dwindling and this may be a result of that.  Based on the “industry gossip” I’ve heard it’s not because of any lack of kangaroo, but lack of people who will go out and get them.

This morning I also finished the strand prep for the 16 foot bullwhip:

bullwhip

Today I’m going to probably trim up the kangaroo skins that came in today and maybe cut out some bellies before I have to get ready for my evening gig.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 foot Indy Bullwhip

8 foot Indy Bullwhip

Right now I’m working on an 8 foot Indy bullwhip.  I had a couple of hides show up yesterday morning from Paul Nolan:

Brandy kangaroo
natural tan kangaroo

The natural tan one is 66dm and that’s the one that I’m using for this Indy Bullwhip.  I trimmed the hide:

kangaroo

The core and wear leather are attached to the handle foundation:

bullwhip core

Then I cut out the bellies and wrist loop:

bullwhip

You’ll see that I have all three parts being cut at the same time, I do that to use up the “ears” of the hide which are very stretchy in one direction and it’s a part I’d usually trim off.  But cutting this way allows me to use the for the yoke of sets.

Here’s all the internal kangaroo parts cut out:

bullwhip

With Easter tomorrow and a full performing schedule today, I don’t think any more work will be done on this bullwhip until Monday.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Veg Tanned and Rawhide kangaroo

Veg Tanned and Rawhide kangaroo

Yesterday was package day, and FedEx brought me a couple of kangaroo skins:

Kangaroo
kangaroo

The black kangaroo skin has a bit of funny shape to it. If you look at the bottom of the picture you will see the big “scallop” taken out of it.  A lot of the right side of the scallop will probably end up being cut off as I use the kangaroo skin.  So it’s more waste that I’m paying for.

These two kangaroo skins are for an 8 plait bullwhip that will be 6 feet long and two tone.  Then with the leftover roo I’ll probably make a 16 plait bullwhip 6 feet long.

Last night I started work on the 8 plait bullwhip.  I cut out the core:

how to make a bullwhip

And I attached it to the handle foundation.  This bullwhip is being built on a 12 inch spring steel rod.

bullwhip core

Today I should at the very least get both bellies plaited (unless something comes up).

Rawhide Update

I’ve got all my kangaroo rawhide cut into even strips that are ready to be resized whenever I need them:

rawhide

I also learned a lesson about rawhide while working on my quirt.  At one point my strands had dried out and I had stopped work for the day.  So the next  day I took the whole quirt and cased it for a little while.  When I started work the core had also taken in moisture and swelled.

Well when the plaiting was finished and dried the core shrunk more than the plaiting, so now the plaiting is loose!  Next time I’ll have to rewet the strands with a spray bottle, and carefully case just the strands and not the core.

One thing I did learn is the type of plaiting that I like best with rawhide.  I like the chevron pattern going down the handle.  On the quirt I did several patterns and the chevron’s look the best.  Having made that determination and then looking at a lot of rawhide work I’ve noticed it’s a fairly common pattern with rawhide.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Plaiting Project

Plaiting Project

One of the projects I’ve been working on is braiding over some rods, they will be part of a chandelier.  Orignally the rods were supposed to be 10 feet each (4 rods), so I cut out 32 strands at about 18 feet each for a total of about 576 feet of 9mm lace!
kangaroo lace

When I got the rods they were only 6 feet, so the plaiting job ended up being much easier!   However plaiting over a metal rod is much harder on your hands and arms than braiding a bullwhip.

Here’s the finished metal rods:

8 plait kangaroo

veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Kangaroo Day!!

Kangaroo Day!!

Yesterday I was expecting a shipment of Kangaroo from FedEx. Yesterday they stopped by but delivered some other packages, but no kangaroo. Then later that evening (about 8pm) I happened to go outside and when I opened the door there was a nice surprise waiting for me!

Kangaroo for bullwhips

I had seven veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo hides (by Packer) come in.   In the shipment were three natural:

Bullwhip natural tan

The three natural tan kangaroo skins aren’t for bullwhips, they are for another braiding project (that’s top secret).

I also had a Whiskey colored kangaroo skin:

bullwhip whiskey kangaroo

A Saddle Tan kangaroo skin:

Saddle Tan Bullwhip kangaroo

And two Red kangaroo skins:

Red Kangaroo skin for bullwhips

I’ve never had Drum Stuffed kangaroo in the color red before.  I’ve had dry kangaroo skins in red before…I’m very excited to get to work with this  stuff!    My original plan with them was to make a pair of 6 foot bullwhips.  I figured they’d be in the mid 50dm size, but these are 64dm each!  So I could easily get an 8 foot bullwhip out of each kangaroo skin.  I might still do the pair of 6 foot bullwhips and use the leftover for signal whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org