Yesterday I got a bit of plaiting in on the 4 foot bullwhip before I had to stop to take a break to let me wrist rest. Luckily this is only a four foot whip and I started work on it ahead of schedule, so with a bit of luck it will only be a day or two late shipping out.
While I was giving myself a break from plaiting I had a whip come in for a fall replacement. Here’s the whip without a fall attached (but one with the point threaded through the fall):
And here’s the whip ready for action again:
If you’ve got a whip that needs a new fall, or a repair you can get more info about those services at: http://bullwhips.org/?page_id=7409
Recently I had this whip sent into me:
The owner wanted a new fall put on it. When it originally lost its fall they sent it to a leather worker and they stitched a fall onto it.
While stitching a fall does get it attached to the whip, it’s going to make it a pain to replace later. Also when it was stitched on they didn’t tighten up the point of the whip, so there were huge gaps in the plaiting due to the looseness of the braid.
I had to cut off the fall, unbraid it a bit and rebraid the point. Then I tied a new fall hitch and put a fall on it.
This is why it’s important to send a whip for repair to someone that knows what they are doing. Leather braiding is a very specialized area of leather work. Within braiding making whips is a very specialized area of braiding. So you’ll get better results when you send a whip to someone that knows what they are doing.
This whip came in for a fall replacement:
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it with the new fall before I shipped it back to its owner.
If you have a whip that needs a fall replacement or repair you can get some more info by clicking here!
I recently had a snake whip come in for a fall replacement. The owner said it was around 20 years old. Here’s what the snake whip looked like when it got to me:
The first step to replacing a fall is sliding the new fall over the point of the whip:
Then carefully cutting the end of the old fall and pulling it off the whip:
The point of the new fall is slipped into the fall hitch:
Tighten up the fall hitch, put a cracker on the new fall an you’re back in business!
This snake whip had a great crack with its new fall!