Bullwhips on my Vacation!

Bullwhips on my Vacation!

For the last 11 days I’ve been on vacation and sure enough I managed to run into a bunch of bullwhips along the way.  Whips are fairly common to see when you are visiting unfamiliar places, you just need to know where to look.  The first place I looked for whips were in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and found a really tiny three foot bullwhip:

bullwhip

The next batch of whips I found in a street market in Cabo San Lucas.

Mexican Bullwhips

Then I found some a whip, quirt and bosal in a museum in Cabo San Lucas.

Plaited rawhide

And then a couple of days later I was at Disneyland and got to see the whips they sell outside the Indiana Jones ride.

Indiana Jones Bullwhips

One thing that amazed me was that they sell these bullwhips to kids and there is no disclaimer of any kind with them.

Here’s a the Indiana Jones Role Play Set that comes with a bullwhip:

Indiana Jones Bullwhips

One thing I remember from my last visit to Disneyland (probably 4 or 5 years ago) was that at least one of the Indiana Jones’s on the ride used to hold one of the cheapo pitch whips they sell outside the ride.  Now all of the bullwhips they Indiana Jones has on the ride look much more screen accurate.  Unfortunately because of low lighting and the ride being bumpy I couldn’t get any pictures of the whip that Indiana Jones has on it.

Also during my vacation I made a new friend named Sideshow Bert.  Bert does juggling and stunts and one of the things that he features in his show is a bullwhip!  Here’s Sideshow Bert’s demo reel and at the 2:04 mark you can see parts of his bullwhip routine.

His bit with the “Visor Cam” is very funny and very original.  I think it’s a brilliant idea to show the audience another view of the newspaper trick!

Now that I’m back home and back to work all the orders of in stock whip will ship out today!

Louie
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Matched Pair of Bullwhip Pictures…

Matched Pair of Bullwhip Pictures…

The matched pair of bullwhips I was working on have been finished and someone has already bought them, so they are gone…but here are pictures of them being finished (knots and wrist loop).

First I made the foundations for the knots with waxed string and tie the knots over them.

One finished knot and one knot foundation

One thing about trying to get the “Indiana Jones” look to the bullwhip is to not have too much of a foundation…but not have the knots flat either.

Bull whip handle

The two knots came out pretty even is size, shape and location. I was happy with them!  Next up was making wrist loops.

wrist loops

I was on the fence about making these bullwhips with wrist loops and my main deciding factor was that I had enough scrap from these bullwhips to make the without cutting new strands.   After I made the wrist loops it was time to work on  the heel knots.

handles

This is the part of making a pair of bullwhips that really stresses me out.  Because I mainly build up my turkshead with thick waxed string I really have to pay attention to the amount I put on each whip.  I think that they turned out pretty close!

bullwhip

And here’s the finished whips:

matched pair of bullwhips

bull whips

I think they turned out pretty nice as a pair!

My next project is working on a two ton signal whip using up a few kangaroo skin centers that I have kicking around.

Louie
P.S. Don’t Forget I’m having a 20% off sale on all IN STOCK whips.   The person that bought the matched pair above saved over $170 on the pair of whips and you can save to! Simply go to http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewcategory.php?groupid=4 and  place an order!

Morgan Style Indy Bullwhip!

Morgan Style Indy Bullwhip!

Currently I’m working on an Indiana Jones style bullwhip built with David Morgan’s construction.   You can find out more about David’s method in his book Whips and Whip Making.

whips and whip making

There are some differences between how they make bullwhips at David Morgan and how I normally make mine.  For example the lead load is one of the first thing they do at David Morgan and it’s one of the last things that I do.  Neither way is right or wrong, just how we do it.

Here’s the bullwhip with both bellies finished:

indiana jones style bullwhip

And here’s the bullwhip as it is currently:

bull whip

It still need to have the wrist loop added:

bullwhip for sale

The knots need to be tied and a few finishing touches. So far I’m happy with how this has turned out!  Next up I’ll be finishing up a 16 plait riding crop that I started a while ago.

Louie
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Save 20% on Indy Bullwhips!

Save 20% on Indy Bullwhips!

Labor Day Indy Style Bullwhip Sale!

From now until midnight on 9/5/11 (or when I wake up  in the morning on 9/6 and turn off the sale) all Indy Style Bullwhips are 20% off the base cost! To take advantage of this sale go to: http://bullwhips.org/bullwhip_store/viewitem.php?productid=143

bull whips

All my Indy Style bullwhips are made with the same look as the bullwhips used by Indiana Jones in the first three movies.  So these bullwhips will be the same plait count, have the same knots, etc.

These are all “made to order” and the current wait time  from when you place your order to when it ships is approx. 2 weeks.  Keep in mind my bullwhips are made in a first come first served order, so if you wait until midnight on Labor Day you wait may be longer if a bunch of people order before you did, so delay order now!

Louie

P.S. This is a super great deal, you will save $84 on your bullwhip!
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A Tan Colored Whip Isn’t Automatically an Indiana Jones Style Whip

A Tan Colored Whip Isn’t Automatically an Indiana Jones Style Whip

I recently had someone email me for a quote for a 9 foot bullwhip that’d be made in the style of the one that Indiana Jones had in the Temple of Doom Movie.  I make bullwhips with the look of the ones that David Morgan made for the Indiana Jones movies…but I don’t make the movie specific.

There are several reasons for why I don’t make movie specific whips, but the main one is that more than one whip was used in each movie. So matching one whip to 7 or 8 whips of varying lengths and colors is close to impossible.

There is a certain formula that David Morgan used to make the bullwhips used in the movies and that is what my Indy Style bullwhips are made to.  These characteristics are what make and Indy Bullwhip and Indy Bullwhip and not every tan colored bullwhip is an Indy bullwhip.  Sorry but in my opinion most of the people on the internet are lying to you when they call every crappy bullwhip they sell and Indiana Jones bullwhip.

The same person who asked me for a quote on a 9 foot Indy Bullwhip (who didn’t end up buying from me) sent me an email saying they found a cheaper “8 plait tan Indy Bullwhip” and wanted my opinion on it.  Here’s the picture that was attached to the email:

bullwhip

And below is my email response:

That whip isn’t close to an Indy bullwhip.  It’s a tan bullwhip…but not an Indy bullwhip, in fact aside from color it misses out on just about everything that makes and Indy bullwhip an Indy Bullwhip!

Here’s just a few things wrong with that whip:

1. handle is 4 seam not checker board

2. Wrong number of passes on the heel knot

3. Heel knot is the same size as the transition knot (the heel knot should be much larger)

4. wrong number of plaits everywhere (including the wrist loop)

5. Fall is way to short for that bullwhip.  Assuming the handle is 8 inches (which is standard for a true Indy bullwhip) then that fall is about a foot long, where for it to be a well functioning bullwhip and an Indy bullwhip it should be closer to 24-30 inches long

And those are just the glaring things that make it not an indy bullwhip…I’m not even nit picking it, there’s a lot more that make is not an indy bullwhip.

However simply based on the fall length I wouldn’t recommend it as a plain ol’ bullwhip and definately not and Indy bullwhip!

So is my evaluation of that bullwhip a little harsh?

Nope!

You see an Indy Bullwhip is a very specific type of whip.  Let’s break it down this way, you are buying an automobile.  That’s a very broad term, technically an automobile would include things like cars, pickup trucks, SUV’s, Vans, motorcycles.  Just like the broad term whips includes snake whips, signal whips, stock whips, etc.

Now we can get a bit more specific ans say we are buying a car.  An a car could be anything from a sedan to a smart car to station wagon.  It’s still a pretty broad term, just like if you were searching for a bullwhip.  You could be looking for an amercian style bullwhip, aussie style, mini-bullwhip, etc.

Alright, let’s narrow it down even further you want a sedan.  Great, but a sedan refers to a specific type of structure the car is built on, but there are still a lot of types of sedans like a compact,  mid-size, full size, sports car, etc.  And if you were to narrow down your bullwhip choice to a 12 plait bullwhip, you still have a lot of options within that classification.  Two tone, kangaroo, cow, handle length, western fall, aussie fall, swivel handle, fully plaited handle, plaited bellies, shot loaded, etc.

Ok, let’s get really specific we want to buy a 1973 Corvette Stingray.  Great we know exactly what we want.  A 1973 Corvette Stingray has very specific characteristics and those characteristics make the look of the car different from just any other car.  Just like and bullwhip made in the style of the bullwhip used by Indiana Jones has very specific characteristics that make it different from just any bullwhip.

Is this:

bullwhip

the same as this:

They both are white cars…both were even made in 1973.  However only one of them meets certain criteria to be a Corvette Stingray.  And just like the car an Indy Style bullwhip has certain criteria to be an Indy Bullwhip!

Here are the minimum requirements that a whip has to have to be an Indy Bullwhip:

  • 12 plait dropping to a 6 plait point
  • natural tan color
  • White hide fall
  • black nylon cracker
  • Diamond pattern on handle
  • 4 seam on lash
  • 6 plait wrist loop
  • 8 inch handle
  • large heel knot
  • 4 X 5 knots (3 pass on  heel knot and 2 pass on transition knot)

If a Indy bullwhip doesn’t meet those minimums, it’s just a bullwhip.

Louie
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Indy Whip and Roo Skins…

Indy Whip and Roo Skins…

Yesterday I finished up the strand prep for a 12 plait Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  When I was stretching them strands before paring I broke one.  This is probably the best time to break a strand because it was a simple matter to recut a strand and add it it.  Once the plaiting has started if a strand breaks I’d need to do some splicing.  Splicing strands doesn’t change how the whip handles, but  it’s  a pain in the butt!

Last night I had a show at the 7 Cedars casino in Sequim, so I didn’t have much time for plaiting.  I have about a foot of the whip done:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

When I got home late last night there was also a fresh shipment of kangaroo waiting for me.  I had three veg tanned drum stuffed kangaroo skins come in.  In the pics below my puppy Talia is inspecting them to make sure they pass her rigid quality standards:

Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo
Veg Tanned Drum stuffed kangaroo

The Black is 52 decimeters square, the red is 59 decimeters square and the natural tan is 49 decimeters square.  So that you have a point of reference for the size of the kangaroo skins the dog .75 pup-imeters square.

Louie
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6 foot Indy Bullwhip in Progress…

6 foot Indy Bullwhip in Progress…

Over the weekend I started work on a 6 foot 12 plait bullwhip.  Currently I have all the insides finished:

Bullwhip

And the overlay cut out and ready to braid:

bullwhip

I should have time to get a lot of the braiding done tomorrow.

NYLON WHIP

Oh, here’s a lunge whip that I picked up, I plan on redoing it in kangaroo.  I don’t know if it’s something I’d sell, because it’d cost a lot to ship it anywhere due to its length.

Louie
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