Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I ran into a guy that had a bullwhip that needed a new fall hitch.  I retied it for him on the stop, he was more than thankful!  I didn’t think to take a pic of it before the new fall hitch or after, but I did take one in the middle of putting a new one on

bullwhip

If you need a whip repair, fall replacement or new braided cracker you can get more info about those services here.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

Here’s a whip that came in recently for a repair:

bullwhip repair

The end had been broken off, if I remember correctly this was a dog that chewed through the whip.

bullwhip repair

After chatting with the owner and giving them some options they decided to put the new end of the whip where the whip was chewed off.  I had to unbraid the whip a bit and taper the inside a little bit, the put a new fall on it.

bullwhip repair

I also added in a pack of polypro crackers.

bullwhip repair

This whip shipped back to its owner cracking a lot better than it did when they shipped it to me!   If you’ve got a whip that needs repairs feel free to contact me!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I recently  had this bullwhip come in:

whip repair

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.

bull whip repair

I had to unbraid about a foot of the whip to create a little bit of taper to the point of the whip.

bullwhip repair

I tied a new fall hitch at that point and we’re good to go!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Repair

Bullwhip Repair

I recently had this bullwhip come in:

bullwhip

The point was blown out, so it needed to have that replaited and a fall/cracker put on. The handle was completely worn out, however the owner wanted to keep that worn out handle so it looked old.  However he did intend for the whip to still be used occasionally, so I did put a heel knot on it.  If I didn’t the knot foundation wouldn’t last long.

Here’s the finished bullwhip:

bullwhip

I took it to the park and gave it a few cracks, it’s got a lot of life left in it!

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

Whip Repairs…

Whip Repairs…

Recently I’ve had a bunch of whips come in for new falls and repairs.  I think it’s due to the weather getting better and people are going out to crack whips and remembering that fall they forgot to change in September.

If you have a whip that needs a new fall or repair you can get more info on those services by clicking here.

 

These three lashes needed new falls:

 

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

Here they are after the falls were put on:

Stock Whip

Stock Whip

This handle needed the keeper replaced:

hunt whip

fox hunting whip

Unfortunately I can’t find the picture of it with new keeper. When I find it I’ll post it.

Louie

 

From the Mailbag…

From the Mailbag…

Here’s an email I got recently:

I have a 10′ snake whip I just finished, came out beautiful, my first one. I have tried it and can only get little pops from it intermittently, I was wondering if it might be the length of the fall or cracker or both, could you tell me what the lengths should be for both of these and how many strands should I use in the cracker?

Thanks for the email and when a whip doesn’t crack right, there are basically two things that will cause that:

#1 Operator Error

#2 Equipment Error

I’m going to assume the person knows how to crack a whip properly and isn’t trying to “dish rag” it.  So that brings us to #2 equipment error.   In my opinion there is no one length for a fall or number of strands for the cracker that is correct.  You can get a great crack with a whip that has an extremely short or long fall, and you can get a great crack out of a whip that has a very heavy or light fall.  Heck you can even get a decent crack from a whip that has no fall.

Every whip will like slightly different fall.  When I started I would cut my falls at 3 feet and put them on the whip. I’d take it to the park and start cracking it.  I would then cut the fall shorter and shorter to find the length that I liked.  Pretty simple…just trial and error.  If what is failing is the fall, you’ll quickly find the perfect fall length for the whip.

As for the cracker for simply getting a good crack, this probably isn’t the problem.  As for how many strands, it depends on what you are using.  Right now I have a spool of lighter nylon and it takes twice the number of strands that I use when I use heavier nylon.  The easy way to find what is right for what you are using is to make three crackers.   Make one that’s what you think you should have, then make one that’s heavier and one that’s lighter.   Put the middle one on the whip and crack it a bit.  Then try the other two…which cracked the best?  Use that one.  You can take it a step further if the one that cracked the best was the light or heavy one.  You can then make another cracker a step further in that direction and see if that works even better!

After experimenting with different falls and crackers and the whip’s performance doesn’t improve, then you need to look at the internal construction of your whip.   Is it efficiently moving energy down the lash of the whip?  A couple places to think about are:

Is it braided tightly?  If the braid isn’t tight on all the braided layers, the energy travelling down the whip is hitting speed bumps slowing it down and making it hard to crack.

Is your core dense?  Since the question relates to a snake whip, you are using mass instead of the leverage a handle would give you to put the initial energy into the whip.  If you core is lead, but not well packed, or of a huge diameter, then the energy is once again hitting speed bumps.

Is your core something other than lead?  For example ball chain is something popular for a core with many amateur nylon whip makers.  I don’t understand why you’d use ball chain as it’s hollow and doesn’t contribute weight or density to the core of the whip (but I don’t make many nylon whips), however in my opinion for a leather whip it’s useless for adding weight.

Those are just a few things to consider if the problem is beyond the fall and cracker.

Hope that helps!

Louie

White Hide Bullwhip Falls

White Hide Bullwhip Falls

Today I’m working on a batch of White Hide Bullwhip Falls.

whitehide fall

  1. I don’t think people realize the process that it takes to make falls. For these I don’t just cut them off the side of leather.  I have to:

    Cut them off the side of leather

  2. Pare all four corners
  3. Soak them in grease
  4. Round them
  5. Cut the eyelet
  6. Round them
  7. Give them another hit of grease

Sometimes I wish I simply just cut them and dropped them in the mail…however I think you get a better product with the slightly more labor intensive process.

Falls are something that I feel like I’m always out of or that I have a dozen White Hide Falls and someone just ordered the Red Latigo which I need to cut more of!

Louie