10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

10 Foot Indiana Jones Style Bullwhip

I’m taking a quick break from making the final two 4 plait Beginner’s Bullwhips to work on something a bit more mentally challenging (but slightly easier on the hands).  I’m working on a 10 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  Here’s the completed inner bellies:

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

And here’s the finished bullwhip (before a coat of shellac).

Indiana Jones style bullwhip

This bullwhip is on its way to its new owner!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

What Makes a Whip and Indy Whip?

What Makes a Whip and Indy Whip?

I’ve posted about this before and I’m always amazed at how many email me to ask why are my Indy Bullwhips so expensive compared some whips being sold places like eBay as “Indiana Jones Whip.   One of the reasons is that my Indiana Jones style whips have all the technical specifications that David Morgan built into the original Indiana Jones bullwhip.  These are:

* 6 plait wrist loop

* 5 X 4 three pass heel knot

* 5 X 4 two pass transition knot

* Checker board handle

* 12 plait overlay ending at a 6 plait point (4 Seam pattern)

* Whitehide fall

* Nylon Cracker

I was learning to use a new video program, so I quick video using it pointing the different specs of and Indy bullwhip:

And I made another video pointing out why a whip that’s frequently sold on eBay as an “Indiana Jones” whips is not an Indiana Jones whip, but simply just a whip:

You can view the auction here and see how the seller uses a lot of hype to try to make you not see that this isn’t an Indiana Jones whip.

So if you’re in the market for an Indiana Jones style bullwhip hopefully you can make an informed decision.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

Finished 8 foot bullwhip

Finished 8 foot bullwhip

The 8 foot bullwhip that I was working on has been finished and is in the mail on the way to its new owner.

indiana jones style bullwhip

 

Next up I’m hoping to have some free time to make a few “budget” 4 plait bullwhips, so that I have a few whips IN STOCK for holiday orders.

Louie

http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

8 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

Yesterday I finished the overlay of the bullwhip and attached the fall.  In the picture below you can see the foundation for the transition knot.  Having a knot here is basically a cosmetic thing, it doesn’t serve much function here, except for covering the change in plaiting pattern, which isn’t a big deal going from checkerboard to a 4 seam pattern.  Any decent whip maker should be able to make that transition look good and not have to cover it with a knot.

12 plait kangaroo overlay

When you have a whip where the pattern and the lash and handle are the same the top knot can be a visual indicator for the user as to where the rigid handle ends.  I put a knot foundation under my transition knot (not everyone does) and that tightly wound string does add some structural support, but I bet it’s a negligible amount.

Next up was to work on the wrist loop.  Usually I make this out of the lace that was leftover from over-cutting the overlay:

wrist loop on bullwhip

The wrist loop for this whip is 6 plait because it’s an Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  It gets attached to the handle.

how to make a bullwhip

Tomorrow I’ll start working on the heel knot and do some shellacing and rolling.  Hopefully this will ship out tomorrow!

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

 

Bullwhip Handle Tweaks…

Bullwhip Handle Tweaks…

I’m currently working on an 8 foot 12 plait “Indy” bullwhip.  Lately my Indy bullwhips have had a thicker handle that resembles a more Modern David Morgan 450 series bullwhip.  After visiting Paul Nolan a couple of months ago and looking at the slimmer handle profiles he puts on his Indy bullwhips I kinda liked that look.  The look on Paul’s resemble a more “vintage” Morgan bullwhip.

One of the reasons that mine end up with a thicker handle, and a thicker general profile is that I like using the thick kangaroo skins on the overlays.  It gives good chunky look to the strands one the whip.   When making the whips I usually even out the bellies on my bench splitter, but not thin them down very much.  For this whip I thinned down the bellies quite a bit.  I also thinned down the yoke more than the strands, that’s going to give my handle a slightly thinner profile.  I also adjusted my core a bit to be thinner on the handle foundation.

Here’s the inner belly finished:

bull whip

And here’s the outer bell finished:

bullwhip

 

 

I also made a little adjustment in how I put the lead on.  I normally add the lead on top of the final bolster.  For this whip I added the lead, then put the bolster on the whip.  That’s goingn to reduce the size of the heel knot a little bit.

Indiana jones style bullwhip

I’ve gotten a bit of work on the overlay in and I’m liking the little differences that this is making the the overall look of the whip (so far).

Louie
http://bullwhips.org

8 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

8 Foot Bullwhip Progress…

I got a little bit more work in on this 8 foot Indiana Jones style bullwhip.  I finished the outer belly, bolster and attached the lead to the handle.

bullwhip

 

I also got the overlay cut out and all the strands prep’d for plaiting.

 

 

 

bullwhip

 

For this my strand prep consists of: Stretching, paring and splitting.  When I split my strands I generally try to even them out, not thin them down.  There’s a big difference between evening them and thinning them.  When I even them out I try to bring cut off the high spots on the lace.  For example typcially there will be spots on a piece of lace that doesn’t get thinned down because it’s a low spot.  When you thin down you are cutting the entire piece of lace to a specific thickness.  There are times when you want to thin down, but for an Indy bullwhip I like the thicker look on the lace.

Louie
http://bullwhips.org