Bullwhip Fall Replacement

Bullwhip Fall Replacement

I recently preformed in a show that a buddy of mine also performed in, here he is doing his whip act:

Ruben Barron

I noticed the fall on his whip had gotten really short!

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So I ran out to my car and quickly changed the fall on his whip.  This is probably the most dressed up I’ve ever been while I worked on a whip!

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And the whip is back in crackin’ shape!

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I always keep a fall and a fid in the trunk of my car in case of emergencies!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Stock Whip Repair…

Stock Whip Repair…

I recently had a stock whip made by Jim Hurlbutt come in for a fall replacement.  Here’s the whip when it got to me:

jim hurlbutt stock whip

and here’s close up of the fall keeper.  The fall had broken off right at the keeper.

stock whip

The first thing I did was give it a coat of grease as the whip was very dry.   After letting that soak in I put the new fall on and it was back in the mail to its owner in a flash!

stock whip

Jim put an interesting knot on the handle:

stockwhip

I’ve done a whip or two like that, but not very many.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Latigo Falls

Latigo Falls

It always feels like I’m constantly out of falls, no matter how many I cut out at any time.   Last night I cut out a batch of falls.  To speed things up a little bit I cut them out with a yoke at the wider end:

latigo bull whip falls

 

After I cut them out I punch a hole in the yoke and hang them on the hook by the hole.  Next I pare both top sides, then flip the yoke over and pare the other two sides.  Once they are pared I cut the slit in them, give them a hit of grease and round them.

bullwhip falls

This is a pretty quick and easy way to make a bunch of falls that saves a bit of time over individually having to flip each fall.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Cyber Monday Bullwhip Deals!

Cyber Monday Bullwhip Deals!

Today I’m having a ONE DAY SALE!  From now until midnight tonight you’ll save a ton on whips and whip accessories!

bullwhips sale
Today you’ll save:

20% off in stock whips

10% off made to order whips

20% off whip accessories 

10% off whip DVD’s

25% off the Bullwhip Making For Beginners ebook

10% off the Make Your Own Stock Whip Kit

These discounts apply to NEW orders only and if you are ordering a custom whip it will arrive by Christmas (when delivered in the USA).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Bullwhip Accessories…

Bullwhip Accessories…

I had an unusual rush in orders of the weekend for bullwhip accessories.  Things like falls and crackers.  So my morning has been spent rebuilding up stock of them.

whip accessories

Also if you placed an order over the weekend keep in mind that today (10/14/13) is Columbus Day and the post office is closed, so your won’t ship out until tomorrow.

Currently I’ve got a couple of projects on my hook I need to finished up to make some room for some new projects that are  coming in.

bull whip

Also I still have a bullwhip on ebay right now, shoot over and bid on it!  http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-foot-12-plait-Indiana-Jones-INDY-style-BULL-WHIP-kangaroo-bullwhip-by-Louie-/221295536515

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Falls and Crackers

Falls and Crackers

Yesterday I shipped out some crackers and a fall as part of an order and that cleared out my stock of nylon crackers and whitehide falls. So I whipped up a batch of both of them.  Here are the nylon crackers:

bull whip crackers

 

and here are the whitehide falls:

bull whip falls

 

I also noticed I have one red latigo fall left, so I need to cut more of them up soon!

Louie

P.S. From night now until I wake up on Tuesday morning (5/28/13) all:

In Stock Whips are 20% off

Made to Order Bullwhips are 15% off

Different Types of Whips

Different Types of Whips

There are many different types of whips, from snake whips to floggers to bull whips.  This post is going to talk about the differences of the four of the main types of whips used by  whip crackers.  Notice I said whip crackers, that means I’ve narrowed it down to whips typically used by Sport Whip Crackers.  So I’m not going to get into things used by lifestyle whip community like floggers etc.

The four whips that I’m going to show are Snake Whips, Signal Whips, Stock Whips and Bullwhips.  Also a quick not to mention that quite often Signal Whips are called Single Tail Whips by people in the lifestyle whip community, however technically any whip with one lash is a single tail whip.  So a bullwhip is a Single Tail Whip, however most sport whip crackers don’t refer to them as single tail whip.

A little while ago I made what I’m calling a Whip Sampler Pack which was a snake whip, signal whip, bull whip and a stock whip.  All four whips are 4 feet long and made in 12 plait kangaroo.  Here are all four of them together:

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Now lets talk about the qualities of each whip.

Bullwhip:  A bull whip has a rigid handle, plaited lash which is permanently attached to the  handle, fall and cracker. These are typically measured from the end of the butt of the handle to the end of the fall hitch.  So the fall and cracker are not included in its length

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Signal Whip: A signal whip has a flexible handle, plaited lash that is permanently attached to the handle and a plaited cracker.  I’ve found there is a lot of variation in how these are measured.   Some whip makers measure the entire length from the butt of the handle to the end of the cracker.  Others only measure the braided leather portion.  This slight variation in measurement can give you a variation of 6 ish inches in the overall length of the whip.  So if the exact size is very important, talk to  you whip maker to see how they measure it.

Whips

Stock Whip:  A stock whip has a rigid handle, plaited lash that is NOT permanently attached to the handle, fall and cracker.  So you can remove the handle or lash and put a new one one when the old gets worn out. The longer handle gives you a lot more leverage than a shorter handle when whip cracking.  These are typically measures by the length of the lash only.  For example 4 foot signal whip is the 4 foot lash, plus the handle, fall and cracker giving you a whip with an overall length much longer than four feet!

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Snake Whip:  A snake whip has a flexible handle, plaited lash that is permanently attached to the handle, fall and a cracker.  These are typically measured from the butt of the handle to the fall hitch.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of whips?  Mainly length and leverage.  For a example a stock whip is going to have a 20ish inch handle which will give  you a lot more leverage in your crack than the shorter bullwhip handle.  However the bullwhip’s shorter handle will give you more leverage than the non existent rigid handle in a snake or signal whip.  However if portability is a concern then the snake or signal whip with no handle will easily coil up and fit into a handbag.  If space is an issue,  like for lifestyle whip crackers then the shorter whip like a signal whip is a better choice than a something like a stock whip.

What does that all mean to you?

Honestly I don’t know what your goals with whip cracking are, so I don’t know what you want to use it for. If it’s for sport cracking and you have been bitten by the whip bug then at some point you will probably try all of these whips.  Since they are all different they will all give you different whip cracking challenges!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

How To Make a Whip Fall

How To Make a Whip Fall

Today I made some Latigo Whip Falls.  They are pretty simple to make (as far as leather projects go).  First I use a yard stick to score lines in the side of latigo:

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Then I cut out the falls using a desktop lace cutter:

bull whip fall - latigo

 

I cut them out by following the scored lines with the blade in the lace cutter and that leaves me with individual strips of leather:

How to make a bull whip fall

 

The next step it to cut a slit in the fall.  I have a block of cardboard that is duct taped together.  I put the blade through the latigo and then pull on the fall keeping the blade stationary:

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And then I pare all four corners of the fall:

bull whip fall - latigo

 

and that gives me the almost finished latigo whip falls:

bull whip fall - latigo

All that’s left is to grease them and then they are good to go!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

 

6 foot 8 plait bullwhip

6 foot 8 plait bullwhip

My current project that I’m finishing up is a six foot 8 plait kangaroo bullwhip.  This bullwhip has two plaited bellies and two bolsters.  Here’s it as of last night:

bullwhip

I cut out the fall, but am trying something new with this one.  What I did was cut out the fall with an “oval” sort of shape for the slit instead of a line:
Bull whip

The theory here is to reduce a little bit of the bulk at the fall hitch. Because you need to add a fall at the fall hitch and tie off the plaiting there’s no way to completely eliminate the slight flare at that point.  And honestly how much of a difference does taking out 1mm of bulk do?  Probably not much. While the fall hitch is bulkier that the plaiting right before it, the fall is generally lighter and more flexible that the point of the whip.  So once the whip has its (very) slight slow down at the fall hitch it jumps back up in speed as it hits the fall.  Or at least that’s how it goes in my head.

I’ve also recently switched back from hanging the whip on loops of kangaroo lace on my hooks to hanging it by the yoke at the end:
bullwhip

This change is mostly because it’s easier and faster on my end to simply punch some holes than to loop lace that keeps falling off my hook and disappearing between whips.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org